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November 17, 2018
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Time Details:
David Lednicer will discuss the advances made in aerodynamic design between 1927 and 1957.
Historic Flight
10719 Bernie Webber Drive
Mukilteo, WA 98
Admission is free with Membership, $15.00 for non-Members.
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Historic Flight Presents: “Aircraft Aerodynamics” Advanced Streamlining to Mach 3

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Between 1927 and 1957, fundamental aerodynamics was developing. Designers were becoming able to determine the trade-offs involved in aircraft layout. As their understanding grew they were able to design aircraft more by science than "that looks about right". This led to great increases in performance, handling ability and safety. The Ryan NYP "Spirit of St. Louis" represents design at the beginning of this period. This aircraft was able to transport one crew member nonstop from New York to Paris. By the end of this period, the Boeing 707-120 was able to transport 170 passengers and crew between New York and Paris making a single stop for fuel. It flew six times the cruise speed of the Ryan NYP. Also by this time supersonic fighters and bombers were in service and supersonic transport planes were being studied. This growth in capability was the result of major advances in many areas of airplane production with aerodynamics being critical.