Wed, Jul 23, 2003
F/A-18 Uses Wright (Not Curtiss) Technology
Let's start the war again: did the
Wrights, or Glenn Curtiss, invent truly 'controllable' flight? So
far, engineers favor the aileron system invented by Glenn Curtiss;
but the courts, and the historians, naturally attributed powered,
heavier-than-air controlled flight to the Wrights.
At any rate, the concept of 'wing-warping' is back, and it's
high-tech. Now, it's called "Active Aeroelastic Wing" technology.
NASA's Active Aeroelastic Wing (AAW) F/A-18A Hornet, the first
aircraft to bear the official "Centennial of Flight" logo, will be
on display at the Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture
2003 air show at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.
The highly-instrumented NASA research aircraft will be displayed
at AeroShell Square adjacent to the "Countdown to Kittyhawk"
pavilion at AirVenture from July 29 through August 4.
The modified AAW F/A-18A jet fighter is currently in a flight
research program to investigate active control of flexible wings
for enhanced maneuverability at NASA's Dryden Flight Research
Center at Edwards Air Force Base (CA). A joint program of the Air
Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), NASA Dryden and Boeing Phantom
Works, AAW seeks to demonstrate improved aircraft roll control
through aerodynamically induced wing twist on a full-scale manned
supersonic aircraft-essentially a 21st century, high-tech update of
the primitive wing-warping control system devised by the Wright
brothers for their 1903 Wright Flyer. Among other benefits, the
concept could allow lighter-weight wings for better maneuverability
for future high-performance military aircraft.
Several NASA personnel will be on hand at the EAA AirVenture
venue to discuss the program with news media. Among those available
for media interviews will be NASA AAW Dryden project managers Larry
Myers and Denis Bessette, chief engineer David Voracek, and project
pilots Dana Purifoy and Richard Ewers.
Two Versions Of The Calidus Gyroplane FAA Approved The FAA has type-certified two versions of the German-built Calidus Gyroplane after the recent completion of conformity testing c>[...]
'Engine In Box' Option Allows Quicker Competition Times For Builders In the North Aircraft display area, Dan and Rachel Weseman of Sport Performance Aviation LLC debuted their late>[...]
Provide Interesting Big Glass Solutions For Both Forward Fit And Retrofit Avidyne is showcasing some innovative ‘Big Glass’ configurations in their booth at Oshkosh thi>[...]
Wipaire Is A Leading Aircraft Service Provider, and the Holder Of Over 100 STCs For over 55 years, Wipaire has been engineering and manufacturing a full line of aircraft floats for>[...]
Also: AEA $$Giveaway$$, LAM Aviation, Able Flight, Jack Pelton On Aero-Medical Reform We start our report this morning with something that has very little to do with the EAA AirVen>[...]