Hummingbird Hovering and the Aerodynamics of Wing Vortices

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The Concorde's delta wing planform allows the formation of leading edge vortices which increase lift at low airspeeds. This lets Concorde fly at a higher than normal angle of attack, which necessitated the famous drooping nose feature to give pilots proper visibility of the runway. Credit: Steve Fitzgerald

The Concorde’s delta wing planform allows the formation of leading edge vortices which increase lift at low airspeeds. This lets Concorde fly at a higher than normal angle of attack, which necessitated the famous drooping nose feature to give pilots proper visibility of the runway. Credit: Steve Fitzgerald

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