Sat, Jul 15, 2006
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
Sometimes, you'll find them timely and in keeping with the
content of the day's news... and sometimes, they'll just be
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particularly intriguing, timely, or poignant, may themselves become
future Quotes of the Day.
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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.
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