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Re: similar looking aircraft

"'Did the body of the Sea Vixen generate lift?'

Good point, I'd be stunned if it didn't, I mean it's basically a wing with a pod..."

Indeed, the Sea Vixen is more flying wing than lifting body but it will get some lift from the center section, just not a significant amount as it would only be generated from a fairly narrow strip along the center line - the closeness of the engines to each other leaves little lift area between them.

Flying-wing designs can have some very unpleasant high AoA departure characteristics making them unsuited to the fighter realm - have a read about how Edwards AFB got its current name.

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