Boattail Construction 

There are two distinct boattails on the aft end of the sustainer. The first is a fairly gentle angle starting at the thickest part of the fin airfoil and going back about 11 inches.


For the aft-most part of the boattail it was necessary to lay-up supports. In the picture to the left you can see the wedge shaped supports being epoxied into place. 

05-08-j.jpg (83308 bytes) Here are the supports in place, along with the pieces for the second part of the transition in place. This is just a test fit to ensure everything fits. Further up in the picture up can see the first transition is already in place.


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Here is a test fit of all of the transition pieces.

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