noun[mass noun] technical
Air which is forced to enter a moving aperture, such as the air intake of an aircraft.
- A modified cowling was needed along with a large intake under the fuselage to supply ram air but the project was not completely successful due to developmental problems and both companies dropped the experiment.
- The aircraft still was getting ram air over the cooling fins, but most of the efficiency of the exchanger had been lost.
- Paragliders trace their pedigree back to the original ram air parachutes developed in the 1960s by the American space agency, NASA.
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