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The Eternal Wing

Taking to the Air

Cockpit Confusion

Bird Man


Viewer Challenge
in the classroom

FLYING HIGH: Viewer Challenge

  1. 6,000 watts or the energy used to power four hair dryers

  2. jet stream

  3. 60 percent

  4. gills, oars, flapping sails, true wings

  5. confusion as to who is flying the plane, pilots or computer system

  6. help pilots understand the vertical situation

  7. birds are flexible; planes are rigid structures

  8. flaps that move on take-off/landing; retractable landing gear

  9. fly across a barrier, pick up puck and drop at a designated site

  10. U.S. Department of Defense Global Positioning Satellite (GPS)


Scientific American Frontiers
Fall 1990 to Spring 2000
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