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UIUC Airfoil Data SiteUIUC Airfoil Data Site

The UIUC Airfoil Data Site is a collection of airfoil coordinates and airfoil related links. The UIUC Airfoil Coordinates Database includes the airfoils, and they cover a wide range of applications from low Reynolds number airfoils for UAVs and model aircraft to jet transports and wind turbines. Originally the site included mostly low Reynolds number airfoils (about 160), but in December 1995 the site was greatly expanded when David Lednicer of Analytical Methods, Inc. fluentcontributed his airfoil collection. This addition brought the total number of airfoils to over 1000. Since this time, the number of airfoils has expanded to include over 1600, and more will be added as they become available. Currently, the airfoils are listed in alphabetical order by the file name, which most often is the airfoil name or close. You can browse the directory, but it is suggested that you use your web-browser "find" button to search for keywords. For questions, see the Airfoils FAQ.

Airfoil FormatAirfoil Format

For reference, the original airfoils in the list and new ones added by Selig are in an x,y format starting from trailing edge, along the upper surface to the leading edge and back around the lower surface to trailing edge (e.g., see E205). Lednicer's contributions are upper surface points leading edge to trailing edge and then lower surface leading edge to trailing edge (e.g., see Clark Y). Some of the airfoils listed do not close at the trailing edge, i.e. the trailing edge has a finite thickness as designed.

Airfoil ContributionsAirfoil Contributions

If you would like to contribute airfoils to this site, please email them to Selig's x-y format (standard format) is preferred. Please include a description of the airfoil and also identify the source. Typically, this description will be reduced to a few words in the database. Valuable contributions would include airfoils that have received some notoriety (good or bad), been used on a particular aircraft and/or been published in some form such as a magazine, conference paper, journal or book. Those contributions thought to be of general interest will be added. Updates to the list will occur infrequently and in batches.

History and CreditsHistory and Credits

Other Airfoil Data and Information SitesOther Airfoil Data and Information Sites

First, in addition to these below links, there are more links included with the airfoil listing page.

The Incomplete Guide to Airfoil Usage
Interested in knowing what airfoils are used on what aircraft? David Lednicer has created here a great compilation of aircraft and the airfoils they used.
Rhino Plug-In to Import Airfoil Coordinates, and Rhino Script (CAD/CAM software)
Dale Fugier, one of the developers of Rhinoceros (Rhino3D), has written a Plug-In to plot airfoils from the database. It requires a Rhino 7 or newer, or Rhino for Mac V7 or newer. See installation instructions. The plug-in requires that the airfoils be in the standard format (wrapping from upper surface trailing edge around the leading edge to the lower surface trailing edge). fig Separate from the plug-in is a Rhino 7 script. The script is ImportAirfoil.rvb on github. Use the Rhino LoadScript command to add and then load the script into memory. Then use the RunScript command to run it. It will then prompt for the airfoil file. There is also a Python port of the Rhino rvb script here:
AFSMO Airfoil Smoothing Code from NASA (hosted by PDAS)
For coordinates that are not smooth, the NASA AFSMO smoothing code (airfoil smoothing code) can be used to smooth the points. The code removes bad kinks in the airfoil surface curvature that can give rise to spikes (non-smoothness) in the velocity distributions. The code is fortran. Added online at PDAS by Ralph Carmichael. Links are:
Many of the airfoils in the database were smoothed by Selig, and these include 'sm' in the name. Search for "sm.dat" to see them in the database.
Propeller Factory Using UIUC Airfoil Coordinates Database (at Thingiverse)
Johann Schuster has made a nice python script to produce a propeller geometry using airfoils from the UIUC Airfoil Database (or any other airfoil coordinate file). The propeller geometry can be exported to STL and printed.
Matlab Panel Code w/ UIUC Airfoil Database
A potential flow code that simulates the flow past bodies of arbitrary shape including airfoils. It includes the airfoils in the UIUC Airfoil Database. Looks interesting.
Another Coordinate Importer/Exporter for Rhino (CAD/CAM software)
Rick Loheed ( has written some VBScript for Rhinoceros for importing and exporting airfoil shapes. Drawairfoil.rvb opens a file using the "Selig" format, then fits a through point NURBS curve through the data. The ExportFoilDat.rvb file will 'walk' a NURBS curve, and output the values. The starting point of the curve must of course be the trailing edge and point upward along the upper surface. It is very useful for evaluating airfoils sent in Rhino format, very common to the marine industry. Surfaces may be sectioned to create the curves quite easily. There is a cosine weighted leading/trailing edge scheme in there too, though it may be a bit clunky. XFOIL and XFLR5 did not like it so I took it out.
Airfoil Coordinates Converter to IGES NURBS Format (by Flusur)
From Salvatore Dona -- Flusur is pleased to announce its new online converter, capable of converting airfoil dat files to NURBS format. The NURBS format is the IGES Rational B-Spline Curve (Type 126, "IGES 126") of 3-degree. All the CAD software can import it easily.
XFOIL is an interactive program for the design and analysis of subsonic isolated airfoils. It consists of a collection of menu-driven routines which perform functions such as:
  • Viscous (or inviscid) analysis of an existing airfoil.
  • Multi-point airfoil design by interactive specification of surface speed via mouse cursor.
  • Direct geometric manipulation (flap, camber, contour deformation, etc.).
  • Drag polar calculation with fixed or varying Mach and Reynolds numbers.
  • Writing and reading of airfoil geometry and polar save files.
  • Plotting of geometry, pressure distributions, and polars.
If you are serious about airfoil design and analysis, this is an excellent tool and hard to beat. I use this code routinely for analysis. The software is distributed under the GNU General Public License (GPL) by Mark Drela, MIT and Harold Youngren. The main site includes versions for various platforms.
Andre Deperrois re-write of XFOIL in C++, and it includes additions to account for wings.
Martin Hepperle's Site
Airfoils, winglets, propellers and more for model aircraft. A really nice site!
Shamim Mohamed's Airfoil Plotting Software (plotfoil)
"Plotfoil is a package for plotting airfoil sections to a variety of printers. It consists of three programs: plotfoil plots (in PostScript) airfoil sections (well, actually any section that is not smoothly closed) and allows for spars, sheeting, template sizes; editfoil is a program that allows airfoil sections' camber and thickness to be changed to any desired value; and mixfoils allows different airfoil sections to be hybridized. If you don't have a PostScript printer (or if you want to preview PostScript on your display) you need Ghostscript, from" [Verbatim from the source.]
NACA.BAS source code (last update: 8/20/98)
David Lednicer's NACA airfoil coordinate generation program (about NACA.BAS in Basic). A Win95 version of the executable: naca.exe 145 kb . Before you try running the exe file, read this.
XFOIL Results for Several Flying Wing Airfoils
These results come courtesy of Kelly O'Brien - UIUC AAE undergraduate. 1997
An airfoil analysis code from DreeseCODE Software. It uses the UIUC Airfoil Data Site airfoils among others. It also creates output files in various formats.
A user-friendly airfoil design and analysis program written in Visual Basic. It will generate NACA 4, 5, 6, and 7-digit series airfoils, and import/export airfoil coordinates in dxf format.
Hanley Innovations
Aerodynamics software from Patrick Hanley includes - VisualFoil, ModelFoil, WingSections, AirfoilBrowser. Most of these packages make use of the UIUC airfoil coordinates database.
FoilSim from NASA Glenn Research Center
A neat NASA web site where you can interactively change an airfoil's camber, angle of attack and other parameters and watch the resulting flow, pressure, and lift. Click on the "FoilSim applet".
CompuFoil ~3D~
Airfoil geometry modification and plotting software for foam cutting and rib layout.
Three-Parameter Family of Airfoils
As described by Roger Alperin, his Yet Another Airfoil note "describes a 3-parameter family of airfoil curves based on a geometrical construction using a family of circles."