America’s Fighters of the 1980s: F-16 and F-18 (Warbirds by Robert C. Stern

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Pusher aircraft with the engine behind the pilot were given the designation F after the pioneer Henri Farnam. The BE2 was designed by Geoffrey de Havilland, who had been taken onto the staff of the Factory after successfully building some aircraft of his own. The BE2’s performance manifestly outclassed that of the entries from private firms. It was reasonably stable, made good speed, and de Havilland even set a new altitude record with the BE2 during the trials. The official winner was a machine entered by Cody, but the War Office proceeded to ignore the competition and focused its interest on the superior machine, even though it had been precluded from official entry.

2 Rayleigh had arrived at some classical results, which are described later in this chapter, and Greenhill had written the air as an ideal fluid 41 the authoritative article on hydrodynamics in the eleventh edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. Significantly the encyclopedia had two lengthy and detailed entries that dealt with fluid flow.

The undoubted achievement of a greater understanding of stability was sufficient to impress at least one practical man, Archibald Reith Low, of Vickers (see fig. 7). 114 Low had been to an evening lecture given by Bairstow to the Aeronautical Society on January 21, 1914. 115 In the discussion after the demonstration Low, who had previously expressed reservations about Bryan, affirmed his enthusiastic conversion. ” He promised (generously if not perhaps entirely seriously) to spend the next couple of years digesting the theory of small oscillations and learning about Routh’s discriminant.

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