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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, 272 pages
Published July 26th 2009 by Rutgers University Press (first published June 15th 2009)
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Ilya
Dec 23, 2010 Ilya rated it liked it
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.
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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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Full of useful information, I think a newer edition should include all the advances that happened in UAV and MAV .
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David Alexander grew up near Dayton, Ohio, and earned a B.S. at the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. at Duke University. He has been on the faculty of the University of Kansas for over 20 years.

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