The History of Man-Powered Flight - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080217383, 9781483145990

The History of Man-Powered Flight

1st Edition

Authors: D. A. Reay
eBook ISBN: 9781483145990
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1977
Page Count: 366
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The History of Man-Powered Flight provides a comprehensive history of man-powered aircraft. This book discusses the flight in early civilizations; Leonardo da Vinci— a scientist among skeptical philosophers; formation of the Man-Powered Aircraft Committee at Cranfield; Kremer Competition— catalyst for worldwide activity, and the first entrant; and United Kingdom “Miscellany” of the 1960s. The topics on man-powered rotorcraft and the persistence of the “bird-men”; “Toucan” and other machines; and future prospects on man-powered flight are also deliberated in this text. This publication is intended for experts in the field of aeronautics, but is also beneficial to students and individuals interested in aviation.

Table of Contents

The Author Preface Photo Credits Chapter 1: Mythology or Fact: Flight in Early Civilizations Chapter 2: Leonardo da Vinci - A Scientist among Sceptical Philosophers Chapter 3: The Nineteenth Century - the Zenith of the Ornithopter Chapter 4: The Sublime and the Ridiculous Chapter 5: Pre-War Germany - The 'Muskelflug Institut' and Haessler's 'Mufli' Aircraft Chapter 6: The Spotlight Turns to Italy and Russia Chapter 7: A Period of Reappraisal - Measurements of Man-Power and Studies of Bird and Insect Flight Chapter 8: Formation of the Man-Powered Aircraft Committee at Cranfield Chapter 9: The Kremer Competition - Catalyst for Worldwide Activity, and the First Entrant Chapter 10: 'Puffin' and her Contemporaries - A Professional Approach Chapter 11: A United Kingdom 'Miscellany' of the 1960s Chapter 12: The First Man-Powered Flight Simulator - One of Several Canadian Projects Chapter 13: Projects in Japan, Austria, South Africa and the United States Chapter 14: Man-Powered Rotorcraft and the Persistence of the 'Bird-Men' Chapter 15: Research and Development Work - The Basis for a New Generation of Aircraft? Chapter 16: One or Two Pilots? - 'Toucan' and Other Current Machines Chapter 17: Future Prospects Appendices I: Patents II: Conversion Factors III: Abbreviations IV: Bibliography V: Kremer Competition Rules VI: Definitions Addendum: Has the Kremer Competition Been Won? Index


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