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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 emerg
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Hardcover, 296 pages
Published July 26th 2009 by Rutgers University Press (first published June 15th 2009)
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Ilya
Airplanes have separate parts for lift (the wings), and for thrust (the propeller or a jet engine). For a flying animal (there have been four taxons: insects, pterosaurs, birds and bats) a jet engine is too hot, and a propeller is a kind of a wheel, which never evolved in animals: how would you supply it with blood? So birds and bats must use their wings for both, and the much bigger airplanes don't have to.
Walid Almoselhy
Amazing book. period.
If you have been asking your question about this for your whole life, the answer is detailed in this book.
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