Latest Wing Stories

2008-08-18 15:00:39

By HERE ABOUTS SANDRA BAER Some people have difficulty finding the right career, but not WFCJFM (93.7) radio morning announcer and program director Bill Nance of Bellbrook. By the age of 11, Nance already knew that radio broadcasting was going to play a big part in his future. "I won a citywide safety slogan contest when I was in fifth grade at Wilbur Wright," said Nance, a Dayton native who graduated from Patterson Co-op in 1968. "I wrote a safety poem and because I...

2008-06-11 11:45:00

Flying saucers may soon be more fact than mere science fiction.University of Florida mechanical and aerospace engineering associate professor Subrata Roy has submitted a patent application for a circular, spinning aircraft design reminiscent of the spaceships seen in countless Hollywood films. Roy, however, calls his design a "wingless electromagnetic air vehicle," or WEAV.The proposed prototype is small "“ the aircraft will measure less than six inches across "“ and will be...

2008-02-04 17:50:00

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Natural flyers like birds, bats and insects outperform man-made aircraft in aerobatics and efficiency. University of Michigan engineers are studying these animals as a step toward designing flapping-wing planes with wingspans smaller than a deck of playing cards. A Blackbird jet flying nearly 2,000 miles per hour covers 32 body lengths per second. But a common pigeon flying at 50 miles per hour covers 75. The roll rate of the aerobatic A-4 Skyhawk plane is about 720...

2008-01-24 15:05:00

A letter published in the advanced online publication Nature has revealed new insight into the evolution of flight in birds.    The issue has remained controversial among scientists, and previous theories have usually been based on interpretations of various fossil forms.   However, this new report is based on experimental observations of young birds, and suggests wing-stroke dynamics are the key to understanding the evolution of avian flight. The research was led by...

2005-08-24 16:41:20

GAINESVILLE, Fla. "” The military's next generation of airborne drones won't be just small and silent "“ they'll also dive between buildings, zoom under overpasses and land on apartment balconies. At least, that's what University of Florida engineers are working toward. Funded by the U.S. Air Force and NASA, UF aerospace engineers have built prototypes of 6-inch- to 2-foot- drones capable of squeezing in and out of tight spots in cities "” like tiny urban stunt planes. Their...

Word of the Day
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.