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NASA - America's Wings
February 3, 2012

Target: Grades 9-Adult

Length: 28 minutes


Discusses aeronautics and airplane wing design. Presents commentaries from key research personnel whose contributions were historically significant in the development of the modern airplane wing: Igor Sikorsky, who invented the helicopter; James Osborne, whose small suggestion helped make jet transports flyable; Eastman Jacobs, whose wind tunnel work in the 1930's established the shape of airfoils; Adolph Buseman, who thought of the swept wing; Kelly Johnson, who designed 40 airplanes; and Richard Whitcomb, who conceived the idea for the supercritical wing, the "coke-bottle" fuselage and the winglet.
 

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