Bjorn’s Corner: Aircraft drag reduction, Part 11

January 05, 2018, ©. Leeham Co: In the last Corner we described a dominant drag component affecting the Wright Brothers’ Flyer, Form drag. The many wires and braces on the Flyer created separations and a high Form drag was… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Aircraft drag reduction, Part 10

December 22, 2017, ©. Leeham Co: In the last Corner, we described how the Wright Brothers flew a manned aircraft for the first time, propelled by its own power. Now we will disscuss what was known about what stopped… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Aircraft drag reduction, Part 4

October 27, 2017, ©. Leeham Co: In this and the following Corners, we will review the competition for first manned flight between Samuel Langley, high ranking scientist of Allegheny Observatory in Pittsburgh, and the Wright Brothers, bicycle manufacturers in… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Aircraft drag reduction, Part 3

Nov. 3, 2017, ©. Leeham Co: In the previous Corner, we described how the aeronautical pioneers gradually uncovered what held them back from flying their gliders and airplanes successfully. They knew they needed lift to fly. And to generate… Read More