- 12/30/16 - Removed M8 and M9 because the coordinates were found to be wrong.
- 11/25/16 - Added NASA Armstrong Prandtl-D airfoils from NASA TP-2016-2190972: Al Bowers, et al., "On Wings of the Minimum Induced Drag: Spanload Implications for Aircraft and Birds." See the updates directory.
- 5/13/16 - Added a link to Python scripts for converting .dat text files (this type) to SVG format files: https://github.com/jdcasey/airfoil-utils. Thanks for John Casey for this github repo.
- 4/8/16 - Added McDonnell Douglas (MDA) 30P/30N multielement airfoil coordinates and rigging info for the coordinates with labels: #Slat, # Main, and # Flap. See the updates directory: file 30P-30N.dat. Thanks to Brent Pomeroy for this addition.
- 1/25/13 - Added Barnaby Wainfan's BW 05 02 09 found online at www.rcsoaringdigest.com.
- 12/20/12 - Added the Supermarine 371-I (root) and 371-II (tip) airfoils thanks the contribution by Dr. Neil Fomison.
- 12/20/12 - Added the S4094, S4095, and S4096 airfoils that were designed for and used on the E-flite UMX ASK-21 scale RC sailplane. The root airfoil is the S4094 and it blends into the S4095 and S4096 toward the tip. The design Reynolds number is between 15,000 and 20,000. The airfoils include a blunt trailing edge to accommodate injected molded manufacturing considerations.
- 12/20/12 - Added the LRN 1015 airfoil tested by NASA and sent in by Sebastian Maciejewski. Thank you! This airfoil is used on the Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk, and it's hard to believe that it was only added now. It's been around since 1991 (Ref. NASA TM 102840).
- 5/13/12 - Thanks to Pritesh Mody for correcting the SC(2)-20412 airfoil coordinate @ 0.73 on lower surface. The coordinates files have been updated, but (heads-up) these corrections have not been migrated to the zipfile download or AutoCAD .dwg files.
- 4/24/12 - Kudos to Keith Pickering for the Göttingen 765 airfoil coordinates (used on the Me163 Komet, the famous WWII rocket-powered interceptor). He generated the coordinates based on the original equations which he plans to publish.
- 4/24/12 - Thanks to Tomas Melin from Linköping University for catching some coordinate point mix ups with the NACA 65(1)-412. The coordinates files have been updated, but (heads-up) these corrections have not been migrated to the zipfile download or AutoCAD .dwg files.
- 3/30/12 - Al Bowers from NASA Dryden Flight Research Center submitted the Boeing KC-135 Winglet supercritical airfoil coordinates as designed by Richard T. Whitcomb.
- 4/1/10 - Thanks to Christoph Hiemcke for catching a missing sign on the last few lower-surface trailing-edge points of the FX 67-K-170/17. The coordinates are fixed in the coordinate files here ~/coord/ and ~/coord_seligFmt/ but not elsewhere (yet).
- 9/13/09 - Major website overhaul and some fixes. Still a work in progress.
- 2/19/08 - Added the TSAGI R-3A submitted by Zverkov Ilya. He writes that: it is a general aviation airfoil. It has wide spread in Russia for ultra light aircrafts. The first reference is Krasilshikov P.P. "Airfoil characteristics atlas", TSAGI, Moscow, 1940. Original airfoil has 15% thickness. This one is 12% thick.
- 5/15/07 - Added a Rhinoceros (3D CAD software) airfoil suite from Rick Loheed.
- 11/29/06 - Added NACA 65(3)-618.dat provided by Bob Kuykendall.
- 11/10/06 - Added a blurb about the Rhino airfoil importer (for the Rhino CAD/CAM software).
- 5/5/06 - Added S8065 and S8066 for Q-40.
- 11/18/05 - Bill Gilmore created CAD files for the airfoil database. Thanks Bill! The dwg files are here: Directory listing
- 4/5/04 - Some updates from David Lednicer include: HS1 family of prop airfoils from US Patent No. 4,519,746.
- 3/16/04 - Added these notes for Microsoft IE users.
- Missing Links: Some people who use Microsoft IE have reported that the links below are not displayed. This is a Microsoft browser problem. If anyone has a solution, let me know.
- Resized images: The new version of IE by default will automatically resize graphics images to fit your screeen. The plots of the airfoils below are large and will likely be resized. In the IE Tools -> Internet Options -> Advanced area, this resize "feature" can be disabled if desired. Search for "Enable automatic image resizing" under the Multimedia section heading.
- 12/12/02 - Big Update. Added several new airfoils from many sources, and the version number was incremented to 2. There are now 1550 airfoils in the database. Dave Lednicer was able to track down a new Liebeck airfoil for the listing. Also, Lawrence Hur (UIUC undergrad) gathered up 250 or so new airfoils! I've also added many airfoils from Mark Drela and Martin Hepperle. The coordinates from Martin Hepperle might not match perfectly with those from before because he regenerated the designs to higher percision. Hopefully, I have not forgotten anyone!
- 12/12/00 - Added link to Prof Mark Drela's public release of XFOIL for airfoil design and analysis.
- 9/15/00 - Replaced the image on the ads page. The old one below was
retired after several years of service.
NSU2D Navier-Stokes CFD calculation courtesy of C.K. Song (B.S., UIUC/AE).
- 4/9/00 - Added MH64 to the update dir.
- 3/25/00 - Added the EH 2.0/7.0 and EH 1.0/7.0 to the update dir.
- 9/26/99 - Added the faq_ads.html FAQ regarding airfoil performance data.
- 3/26/99 - Added the NACA 64(2)-415 to the update dir.
- 3/5/99 - Decided to move the updates to one single directory. Added to the updates directory: Mark Drela's MRC 16 and MRC 20 used on the Decavitor human powered hydrofoil, and also the E591.
- 8/23/98 - The AH21 was incorrectly attributed to Althaus. The AH21 is an Andrew Hollom airfoil designed as an improvement over the RG15. The original AH21 airfoil was 9%, then a 7% version was designed. Both versions are not included in the main listing. The archives still contain the incorrect reference.
- 8/20/98 - Another update to Lednicer's NACA.EXE code.
- 8/6/98 - Posted an update to Dave Register's airfoil plotting program.
- 7/15/98 - Added some more links under "Other Airfoil Data and Information Sites".
- 8/28/97 - Opus ftp site for airfoil coordinates (UIUC Airfoil Data Site) is back online.
- 8/20/97 - Added more airfoils: cootie.dat drgnfly.dat, du861372.dat, fx711530.dat, lds2.dat, naca1.dat, nlf0115_lfmt.dat, nlf1015_lfmt.dat, pfcm.dat, sc20010.dat, sc20012.dat, sc20402.dat, sc20403.dat, sc20404.dat, sc20406.dat, sc20410.dat, sc20412.dat, sc20414.dat, sc20503.dat, sc20518.dat, sc20606.dat, sc20610.dat, sc20612.dat, sc20614.dat, sc20706.dat, sc20710.dat, sc20712.dat, sc20714.dat, sc21006.dat, sc21010.dat, sg6040.dat, sg6041.dat, sg6042.dat, sg6043.dat, sg6050.dat, sg6051.dat.
- 4/3/97 - More about the LS(1)-0413 [GA(W)-2]: The NASA LS(1)-0413 listed are the original coordinates from the report NASA TM X-74018, which also includes original coordinates for the LS(1)-0413MOD. The report NASA TM X-72697, which covers the GA(W)-2 tunnel tests, only includes the coordinates measured off the model. Finally, the LS(1)-0413 coordinates listed in NASA-CR-145139 in August 1976 appear to be wrong.
- 3/21/97 Added new airfoils: SA7035, SA7036, and SA7038 for R/C thermal soaring. These airfoils are based on the SD7037. Included tags A, B, C, ... for quick zoom to airfoil.
- 3/6/97 - A viewer found a bug: "The airfoil data listed for the LS(1)-0413 [GA(W)-2] differs from that published in NASA-CR-145139 in August 1976. The differences are greatest near the leading and trailing edges." The file has not yet been corrected. See ls0413.html
- Added *.zip archives of 12-15-96 database.
- 1/22/97 - A correction - The Wortmann FX 71-L-150/30 airfoil file (fx71l150.dat) was actually a duplicate of the Wortmann FX 71-L-150/20 airfoil (fx711520.dat). The gif plot for the errant Wortmann FX 71-L-150/30 was removed.
- 11/13/96 A correction - The airfoil that was identified as the MS(1)-0413 in the database should be the MS(1)-0313 instead. This change has been made. The gif plot has not been change as of this date.
- 11/9/96 - Posted some new airfoils to the Airfoil Data Site: bw3.dat davis_corrected.dat e231.dat e476.dat e477.dat e478.dat eh0009.dat eh1090.dat eh1590.dat eh2010.dat eh2012.dat eh2510.dat eh3012.dat griffith30SymSuction.dat s8038.dat s8055.dat.
The BACNLF airfoil is a Boeing high speed natural laminar flow airfoil from a European patent (EP 0111785A1). The HOR family are Onera propeller blade airfoils from US patent 4,773,825.
The following are the airfoils that Dan Somers designed for the Toyota general aviation airplane. Details are described in the patent.
And finally, four more airfoils for the database. The HQ17 and DU814132V3 come from a web site where someone measured an ASW22. The L1003 and LA5055 are two airfoils designed by Bob Liebeck.
McGhee, Robert J., Beasley, William D. and Somers, Dan M., "Low-Speed Aerodynamic Characteristics of a 13-Percent-Thick Airfoil Section Designed For General Aviation Applications", NASA TM X-72697. Date unknown, possibly 1972. Report on the first wind tunnel test of the GA(W)-2 (LS(1)-0413) airfoil. This report only contains the coordinates measured from the wind tunnel model.
McGhee, Robert J. and Beasley, William D., "Low-Speed Wind-Tunnel Results For a Modified 13-Percent-Thick Airfoil", NASA TM X-74018. Date unknown, possibly 1974. Report on the wind tunnel test of the LS(1)-0413MOD airfoil. Also contains GA(W)-2 (LS(1)-0413) coordinates.
Wentz, W.H. Jr., "Wind Tunnel Tests of the GA(W)-2 Airfoil With 20% Aileron, 25% Slotted Flap, 30% Fowler Flap and 10% Slot-Lip Spoiler", NASA CR-145139, 1977. Contains GA(W)-2 (LS(1)-0413) coordinates that are different than given previously.
Wentz, W.H. Jr. and Fiscko, K.A., "Pressure Distribution for the GW(W)-2 Airfoil With 20% Aileron, 25% Slotted Flap and 30% Fowler Flap", NASA CR-2948, 1978. Contains same coordinates as CR-145139.
Wentz, W.H. Jr., "Wind Tunnel Force and Pressure Tests of a 13% Thick Medium Speed Airfoil With 20% Aileron, 25% Slotted Flap and 10% Slot-Lip Spoiler", NASA CR-3439, 1981. Contains coordinates that are different than any other report.
Rodgers, E.J., Seetharam, H.C. and Wentz, W.H. Jr., "Experimental Studies of Flow Separation of Three Airfoils at Low Speeds", NASA CR-3530, 1982. Contains same coordinates as CR-145139.