Bjorn’s Corner: Aircraft drag reduction, Part 6

November 24, 2017, ©. Leeham Co: In the last Corner, we described how the Wright Brothers obtained the aerodynamic data they needed to design gliders and aircraft. But there was additional knowledge they needed: how to control an aircraft… 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

Bjorn’s Corner: Aircraft drag reduction, Part 2

October 27, 2017, ©. Leeham Co: After a detour over Airbus’ A330neo first flight last Friday, we now continue with aircraft drag. We divided drag in two classes last time: drag from size and drag from weight. These drag… Read More