- the component of drag caused by skin friction and the shape of the surfaces not contributing to lift.
Origin of parasite drag
First recorded in 1925–30
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- the part of the drag on an aircraft that is contributed by nonlifting surfaces, such as fuselage, nacelles, etcAlso called: parasite resistance
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