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VJ101 — Airplanes by Design

10 April 1963 was the first flight of the VJ 101, a German VTOL research aircraft designed for supersonic speeds. It is now on display in Germany. __________________________________________________ Airplanes by Design features photographs of aircraft from a test pilot perspective, highlighting aeronautical engineering characteristics and flight test facts. WANTED: Your pictures and videos. Do you […]

an example of application — ATOMs #14-12

The last post in this series suggested that application is hard. Here I want to share one brief example of application. Imagine trying to shoot an apple. Mathematics describes the ballistic arc of the bullet subject to the forces of gravity and drag and the like. Statistics will tell us that the wind is a […]

First Flight of the Airbus A310 — Airplanes by Design

3 April 1982 was the first flight of the Airbus A310. Pictured here is the prototype A310. __________________________________________________ Airplanes by Design features photographs of aircraft from a test pilot perspective, highlighting aeronautical engineering characteristics and flight test facts. WANTED: Your pictures and videos. Do you have pictures of aircraft that uniquely illustrate airplane design characteristics? […]

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