Why don't jumbo jets flap their wings?: flying animals, flying machines, and how they are different

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What do a bumble bee and a 747 jet have in common? It’s not a trick question. The fact is they have quite a lot in common. They both have wings. They both fly. And they’re both ideally suited to it. They just do it differently.Why Don’t Jumbo Jets Flap Their Wings? offers a fascinating explanation of how nature and human engineers each arrived at powered flight. What emerges is a highly readable account of two very different approaches to solving the same fundamental problems of moving through the air, including lift, thrust, turning, and landing. The book traces the slow and deliberate evolutionary process of animal flight—in birds, bats, and insects—over millions of years and compares it to the directed efforts of human beings to create the aircraft over the course of a single century.Among the many questions the book answers:
  • Why are wings necessary for flight?
  • How do different wings fly differently?
  • When did flight evolve in animals?
  • What vision, knowledge, and technology was needed before humans could learn to fly?
  • Why are animals and aircrafts perfectly suited to the kind of flying they do?
David E. Alexander first describes the basic properties of wings before launching into the diverse challenges of flight and the concepts of flight aerodynamics and control to present an integrated view that shows both why birds have historically had little influence on aeronautical engineering and exciting new areas of technology where engineers are successfully borrowing ideas from animals.
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subject_facet Aeronautics -- Popular works, Airplanes -- Popular works, Animal flight -- Popular works, Birds -- Flight -- Popular works, Flying-machines -- Popular works
table_of_contents Flying animals and flying machines : birds of a feather? -- Hey buddy, need a lift? -- Power : the primary push -- To turn or not to turn -- A tail of two tails -- Flight instruments -- Dispensing with power : soaring -- Straight up : vertical take-offs and hovering -- Stoop of the falcon : predation and aerial combat -- Biology meets technology head-on : ornithopters and human-powered flight.
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title Why don't jumbo jets flap their wings? : flying animals, flying machines, and how they are different
title_display Why don't jumbo jets flap their wings? : flying animals, flying machines, and how they are different
title_full Why don't jumbo jets flap their wings? : flying animals, flying machines, and how they are different / David E. Alexander
title_short Why don't jumbo jets flap their wings? :
title_sort why don't jumbo jets flap their wings? flying animals, flying machines, and how they are different
title_sub flying animals, flying machines, and how they are different