TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7
THE WRIGHT BROTHERS: FAR FROM AERODYNAMICISTS
How much did Wilbur and Orville Wright know about aerodynamics
in 1899 as they began to study heavier-than-air flying machines?
How much of that knowledge did they use for their early gliders?
What new aerodynamics lessons did they learn on the path toward the
1903 Wright flyer? Aerodynamically, how good was the Wright
John D. Anderson Jr., curator for aerodynamics at the National
Air and Space Museum and professor emeritus of aerospace
engineering, University of Maryland, will speak on "The Wright
Brothers' Aerodynamics and the Future of Flight" at a colloquium at
2 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 7, at NASA Langley's H.J.E. Reid Conference
Media Briefing: A media briefing will be held at 1:15 p.m. at
the H.J.E. Reid Conference Center, 14 Langley Blvd., NASA Langley
Research Center. Members of the media who wish to attend should
contact Kimberly W. Land at (757) 864-9885 or 344-8611 (mobile) to
arrange for credentials.
Questions about the Wright Brothers' knowledge of aerodynamics
will be addressed during the first part of Anderson's talk. During
the second half of his presentation, Anderson will take the
audience from the past century of flight to the future of
Anderson has a doctorate in aeronautical and astronautical
engineering from Ohio State University. He is an honorary fellow of
the AIAA, a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, London, and a
fellow of the Washington Academy of Sciences.
Anderson's "A History of Aerodynamics and Its Impact on Flying
Machines" won the 2002 History Book Award from the American
Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). He is the author
of eight other books and has written over 120 papers in radiative
gas dynamics, re-entry aerothermodynamics, gas dynamic and chemical
lasers, computational fluid dynamics, applied aerodynamics,
hypersonic flow, and the history of aeronautics.