Most aerodynamic shape?

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The most aerodynamic shape does happen to be fairly close to a stereotypical "teardrop" shape though (with a longer nose - see the paper I linked in my earlier post for a full analysis), despite the fact that raindrops arrange themselves into a very different shape.
Unless, of course, said object is moving transonically or supersonically, in which case a teardrop would be pretty awful and the Whitcomb area rule applies.
 
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Yeah, how they parachute out the bigger they get

I was trying more to say water running along a surface rather than in freefall to earth
 
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Unless, of course, said object is moving transonically or supersonically, in which case a teardrop would be pretty awful and the Whitcomb area rule applies.
Agreed, and although I made that point explicitly on the last page, it's good to make sure it's understood here too. For supersonic, something along the lines of a Sears-Haack body would be ideal instead.
 

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