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Re: Ground Effect & Gliding Q

Brown Pelicans, Black Skimmers and Swallows employ ground effects in flight.
But then these are already excellent fliers with high aspect wings to begin
with.  And these birds have to be moving at a pretty good clip for the
ground effects to take place.  I wouldn't think it would be something that a
novice flyer would use immediately;  evolutionarily speaking that is.  -

> From: Waylon Rowley <cryptovolans@yahoo.com>
> Reply-To: cryptovolans@yahoo.com
> Date: Thu, 20 Feb 2003 21:03:57 -0800 (PST)
> To: dinosaur@usc.edu
> Subject: Ground Effect & Gliding Q
> Yesterday I was flipping through a National Geographic magazine (or was it
> discover?) and I saw a short article on a plane that made use of the "ground
> effect" as it flew over the water's surface. The story got me thinking about
> how gliding dinosaurs could have utilized this phenomenon for their benefit.
> My question is whether a somewhat accomplished glider could leap from a tree
> with wings folded, open them above the water, skip off of it (now with wings
> tucked in again), and repeat this process until it had traversed the pond or
> lake it meant to cross. This style of flight (assuming it was aerodynamicly
> efficient and evolutionarily plausible) would look like that used by some
> birds today, IINM. From there, it is a very short step to powered flight.
> Thoughts?
> -WR     
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