CHAPTER 4

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Airfoils

Flying is so much a part of our lives that it is hard to remember that the ability to fly a heavier-than-air vehicle is barely more than a century old. The Wright brothers (Figure 4-1) succeeded where many others failed largely because of their extremely systematic approach to the problems of flight, and their recognition that the biggest problem to overcome was the control of their craft.

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Figure 4-1. Wilbur Wright gliding to the right, attributed to either Orville or Wilbur Wright, 1902. Original on a glass negative, from the ...

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