04-11-2006, 01:50 PM #1
Why Bees Fly With Landing Gear Down for lift
made me think of skegs
04-11-2006, 01:53 PM #2
04-11-2006, 02:01 PM #3
I don't care how much it increases my speed. I ain't going reverse superman!!!!!!!!!!!!
04-11-2006, 03:22 PM #4
LOL....and you guys thought that I had too much time on my hands??
04-12-2006, 05:45 PM #5
Ever see this?
The March issue of Air & Space, one of several periodicals published by the Smithsonian Institution, features "Falling With the Falcon," an extraordinary article by Tom Harpole that tells us about the astonishing feats of a 6-year-old peregrine falcon named Frightful.
It's a fitting name, indeed. Sixteen inches long, weighing 2.2 pounds and with a 41-inch wingspan, she's undoubtedly an imposing figure to many other birds. "When Frightful is stooping-diving after prey from nearly three miles up, she has been clocked at 242 mph, and it's possible she can go faster," Mr. Harpole writes.
Frightful's owner, Ken Franklin — a 46-year-old pilot and master falconer from Friday Harbor, Wash. — took to sky-diving with his falcon to understand how a 2-pound bird can achieve higher speeds than most small airplanes. He has sky-dived with Frightful more than 200 times, sometimes as much as five times daily. "Birds are the blueprint for aeronautical engineering," Mr. Franklin says.
04-12-2006, 05:52 PM #6
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