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By P. Mercado, J. Miranda, including the Natter and other rare and unusual types., Technical history of Germany's World War II experiments with vertical takeoff aircraft

Technical heritage of Germany's international struggle II experiments with vertical takeoff airplane, together with the Natter and different infrequent and weird kinds.

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Parachutes: How They Work. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1972. Freedman, Russell. 2000 Years of Space Travel. : Holiday House, 1963. Gibbs-Smith, Charles Harvard. Aviation: An Historical Survey from Its Origins to the End of World War II. 2d ed. London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1985. Leonardo da Vinci's Aeronautics. London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1967. , and Doreen K. M. Housel. Come Fly with Me: Exploring K-6 through Aviation/Aerospace Concepts. : Michigan Aeronautics Commission, 1983.

Stine, Megan, et al. More Science Activities. New York: GMG Publishing, 1988. Strongin, Herb. Science on a Shoestring. : Addison-Wesley, 1976. Great activities for primary-level teachers. Page 10 2 Lighter-Than-Air Aircraft Balloons, Dirigibles, and Blimps As we saw in chapter 1, humanity has been fascinated with flight for ages. However, it was not until the end of the eighteenth century that human beings finally took to the skies. They used lighter-than-air aircraft, the balloon being the most basic type.

Da Vinci's parachute. From observing birds, da Vinci believed that an object needed flapping wings in order to fly. This is a different idea about flying than that exhibited by his helicopter. 2), that he apparently envisaged could fly when empowered by the pilot's arm and leg movements. However, a bird is proportionately much stronger than a person; thus, a person never could have moved da Vinci's heavy ornithopter through the air. Page 4 Yet, the ornithopter was a precursor of the glider, which is discussed in chapter 3.

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