100 Top Technologies: 'Aerodynamic Experiments' To 'Modern Monoplanes'Guy Norris Graham Warwick May 06, 2016
Aviation and aerospace advanced rapidly in the first decades after the Wright brothers’ 1903 flight. Wind tunnels brought understanding of lift and drag, wood-and-wire biplanes gave way to the stressed-skin monoplanes, wing warping to hydraulic-boosted flight controls. Altimeter, artificial horizon, radio aids and aeronautical charts entered the cockpit, while on the ground airports proliferated and air traffic control brought order and safety to a booming industry. The autogyro’s brief success was eclipsed by the practical helicopter. From the lowly checklist to the lofty liquid rocket, the industry moved forward.
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