Definition of swept-back in English:


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(Of an aircraft wing) positioned to point somewhat backwards: a revolutionary type of aeroplane with swept-back wings swept-back handlebars
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  • Both the BIB bomber and F - 14 fighter plane pivot their wings from outstretched to swept-back positions.
  • Six Allison J35-2 turbojet engines slung in pods beneath the swept-back wings gave the prototype Stratojet nimble performance, and helped to validate a design concept still widely used today.
  • The A380 can operate on existing runways because, with its swept-back wings, it takes up only slightly more space than a 747.

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