Wind tunnel

1871 Wind tunnel

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Francis Herbert Wenham aerodynamics Wind tunnel

Wind tunnel

Study of flight

Testable hypotheses

Francis Herbert Wenham was the first person to suggest that lift could be improved using multiple stacked wings (“superposed aeroplanes”). The Wright brothers benefited from this and other ideas from Wenham.

We know from the work of Wilber and Orville Wright that John Smeaton’s tables were essentially correct, although the coefficient of air pressure that he calculated was 53% higher than the correct value.

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