Early flying machines The first heavier-than-air i. Lilienthal was the first to make repeated successful flights eventually totaling over 2, and was the first to use rising air to prolong his flight. Using a Montgomery tandem-wing glider, Daniel Maloney was the first to demonstrate high-altitude controlled flight using a balloon-launched glider launched from 4, feet in They returned to glider testing in by removing the motor from one of their later designs.
Rotorcraft Rotorcraft, or rotary-wing aircraft, use a spinning rotor with aerofoil section blades a rotary wing to provide lift. Types include helicoptersautogyrosand various hybrids such as gyrodynes and compound rotorcraft. Helicopters have a rotor turned by an engine-driven shaft. The rotor pushes air downward to create lift.
By tilting the rotor forward, the downward flow is tilted backward, producing thrust for forward flight. Some helicopters have more than one rotor and a few have rotors turned by gas jets at the tips. Autogyros have unpowered rotors, with a separate power plant to provide thrust.
The rotor is tilted backward. As the autogyro moves forward, air blows upward across the rotor, making it spin.
This spinning increases the speed of airflow over the rotor, to provide lift. Rotor kites are unpowered autogyros, which are towed to give them forward speed or tethered to a static anchor in high-wind for kited flight. Cyclogyros rotate their wings about a horizontal axis.
Compound rotorcraft have wings that provide some or all of the lift in forward flight.
They are nowadays classified as powered lift types and not as rotorcraft. Other methods of lift[ edit ] XB lifting body. A lifting body is an aircraft body shaped to produce lift. If there are any wings, they are too small to provide significant lift and are used only for stability and control.
Lifting bodies are not efficient: Many of the research prototypes, such as the Martin-Marietta Xwhich led up to the Space Shuttlewere lifting bodies though the shuttle itself is notand some supersonic missiles obtain lift from the airflow over a tubular body.
Powered lift types rely on engine-derived lift for vertical takeoff and landing VTOL. Most types transition to fixed-wing lift for horizontal flight. Classes of powered lift types include VTOL jet aircraft such as the Harrier jump-jet and tiltrotors such as the V Ospreyamong others.
A few experimental designs rely entirely on engine thrust to provide lift throughout the whole flight, including personal fan-lift hover platforms and jetpacks. VTOL research designs include the flying Bedstead.
The Flettner airplane uses a rotating cylinder in place of a fixed wing, obtaining lift from the magnus effect. The ornithopter obtains thrust by flapping its wings. Scale, sizes and speeds[ edit ] Sizes[ edit ] The smallest aircraft are toys, and—even smaller -- nano-aircraft.
That Ukrainian-built 6-engine Russian transport of the s is 84 meters feet long, with an meter foot wingspan. It holds the world payload record, after transportingpounds tons of goods, and has recently flown ton loads commercially. Weighing in at somewhere between 1. The XA set that new mark, and broke its own world record of Mach 6.
On one flight it reached an altitude offeet. Lockheed SR Blackbirda U.After the record flight Dr. Strojnik and I spent many hours discussing a faster design and doing preliminary calculations.
However, during that process we discovered another designer who had already begun a very similar aircraft. AIRCRAFT SPRUCE CATALOG PDF DOWNLOAD: To view the files you'll need the Adobe Acrobat reader.
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