Airplane

1903

Airplane

The book of science

Tom Sharp

Wilbur Wright, Orville Wright aerodynamics

Airplane

Toy helicopter

Kites and gliders

Controls

Data

Wing

Propeller

Engine

Instability

Commercial

Dreams of flying

Wilbur and Orville Wright were scientists as well as inventors. They were the first to measure the performance of a full-sized flying machine in flight. They built their wind tunnel to test the results of Otto Lilienthal for understanding lift and drag, and corrected the coefficient of air pressure that Lilienthal used, 0.005, given by John Smeaton. The correct value is 0.00327; the Wright brothers derived the value of 0.033.

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