Could an electric field reduce aircraft drag?

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Could an electric field reduce aircraft drag?
« on: 30/09/2011 15:01:05 »
Jason  asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Has an attempt been made to nullify air drag on an aircraft, by using an electrical field?  Much the same way that a lightning strike moves through the atmosphere?

What do you think?
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Could an electric field reduce aircraft drag?
« Reply #1 on: 04/10/2011 01:01:07 »
it may not because an electric turn o2 into o1. the thinner molecules may produce less drug but may also produce less lift

this is not for sure it would be my hypothesis but it could work the other way.

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Could an electric field reduce aircraft drag?
« Reply #2 on: 04/10/2011 07:36:19 »
What is the principle by which an electric field would reduce drag?
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Could an electric field reduce aircraft drag?
« Reply #3 on: 04/10/2011 12:45:57 »
their is none it just an idea because the electric field would oxide the the o2 in the area turning it to ozone and with a different partical surrounding the aircraft would cause many different effects