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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.15.06)

Aero-News: Quote of the Day

ANN's Quote of the Day usually derives from current news, though we reserve the right to pick quotes out of history that have a bearing on the day's events and issues.

Sometimes, you'll find them timely and in keeping with the content of the day's news... and sometimes, they'll just be thought-provoking.

Reader suggestions and comments are welcome... and if particularly intriguing, timely, or poignant, may themselves become future Quotes of the Day.

Let us hear from you, folks!

Aero-News Quote of the Day

"The important thing to remember is that the aircraft needed jet power to stay aloft. It wasn't a pure flapping-wing flight ... Of course, in all fairness I should say that the jet alone could not have even come close to sustaining the aircraft; the flapping still did most of the work. So, we can say it was a jet-assisted ornithopter that sustained level flight."

Source: Dr. James DeLaurier, on the successful, sustained flight of his manned ornithopter on July 8. A design steeped in mystery, the ornithopter dates back to a design that originated on the drawing board of one Leonardo da Vinci in the late 15th century. Last Saturday's flight, which lasted 14 seconds, is believed to be the first confirmed, manned flight of a powered ornithopter, which is designed to flap its wings in a manner similar to birds.

FMI: www.ornithopter.ca/index_e.html

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