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AlbatrossOne: Revolutionising Aircraft Wing Design

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  • AlbatrossOne: Revolutionising Aircraft Wing Design

    Inspired by the albatross seabird, Airbus engineers in Filton, UK have developed a remote-controlled aircraft demonstrator that has semi-aeroelastic hinged wing-tips. It is the first aircraft demonstrator to trial in-flight, freely flapping wing-tips that can react and flex to wind gusts, thereby significantly reducing load and drag for a lighter, more fuel-efficient aircraft.
    "In modern war... you will die like a dog for no good reason."
    Ernest Hemingway.

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    Not so new, aviation pioneer Otto Lilienthal who built and flew a series of gliders based on bird wing designs produced one with flapping wing tips. It was intended to fit this with a motor but in a unpowered flight in 1896 it crashed fatally injuring Lilienthal
    Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
    Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)


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