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published by the Smithsonian Institution
This article in the Smithsonian's Air & Space magazine describes how winglets, short, nearly vertical extensions of the wingtip, improve aircraft performance. The article explains what kind of aircraft benefit from winglets and what trade-offs they create.
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image credit: Carla Thomas, NASA; image source; larger image This resource was a Physics To Go feature from January 1, 2012 until January 16, 2012. View the feature here!


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Keywords: Vortex, airflow, lift, thrust, vortices, wing
Record Creator: Metadata instance created December 23, 2011 by Ed Lee
Record Updated: Dec 23, 2011 by Ed Lee
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AIP Format
(Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History, 2001), WWW Document, (http://www.airspacemag.com/flight-today/wing.html).
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How Things Work: Winglets (Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History, 2001), <http://www.airspacemag.com/flight-today/wing.html>.
APA Format
How Things Work: Winglets. (2001, September 1). Retrieved September 2, 2014, from Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History: http://www.airspacemag.com/flight-today/wing.html
Chicago Format
Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History. How Things Work: Winglets. Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History, September 1, 2001. http://www.airspacemag.com/flight-today/wing.html (accessed 2 September 2014).
MLA Format
How Things Work: Winglets. Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History, 2001. 1 Sep. 2001. 2 Sep. 2014 <http://www.airspacemag.com/flight-today/wing.html>.
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