Does How does wing flex increase the lift coefficientreduce wave drag?
If I'm reading this post right: What is the effect of airfoil thickness on aerodynamic lift?
- Airfoil thickness increases the lift coefficient.
- Wing flex reduces wave drag.
I'm wondering about the how. My theory is that the air sees a thicker airfoil in a flexed wing, without actually building one. Is that assumption correct? Or is it related to a wingletthe end-plate effect?