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Building a 1903 Wright 'Flyer' - By committee

Culick, Fred E. C. (1988) Building a 1903 Wright 'Flyer' - By committee. AIAA Papers, AIAA 88-0094. AIAA .

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This is a summary of a lecture intended primarily as a progress report of the Los Angeles AIAA Section Wright Flyer Project. Begun in late 1978, the project is devoted chiefly to construction of two replicas of the 1903 Wright 'Flyer.' The first, now being covered, is an exact replica intended for full-scale wind tunnel tests. The second will be a flying replica, incorporating minimal modifications to produce a less unstable aircraft. Partly in preparation for the second aircraft, considerable attention has been given to the aerodynamics, stability, and control of the 1903 'Flyer.' Wind tunnel tests have been conducted with a 1/6 flexible model, and a 1/8 scale steel model tested at full-scale Reynolds numbers. The data have provided basis for analyzing both the closed-loop and open-loop performance of the aircraft. Another aspect of the Project has been concerned with the history of early aeronautics, especially as related to the Wright Brothers' work. Thus a significant portion of the lecture is given to aeronautical history both before and after 1903, to provide a better appreciation for the Wrights' achievements and a clearer perspective of their work in the context of aeronautical progress.

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Additional Information:© 1987 by F. E. C. Culick, Published by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. The Los Angeles AlAA Section has supported this project with insurance funds collected after the destruction in 1918 of the 'Flyer' built by Section members in 1953. All labor has been provided by volunteer workers. The author's wind tunnel program with the 1/6 scale model was supported by a NASA grant. Preparation of this manuscript has been supported in part by Caltech funds. Professor of Applied Physics and Jet Propulsion, California Institute of Technology; Fellow A.I.A.A.
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Official Citation:Building a 1903 Wright 'Flyer' - By committee CULICK, F. E. C., California Institute of Technology, Jet PropulsionLaboratory, Pasadena AIAA-1988-94 Aerospace Sciences Meeting, 26th, Reno, NV, Jan 11-14, 1988. 53 p. Research supported by the California Institute of Technology.
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