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Re: Aspect ratio and screaming dromies
Jim Cunningham (email@example.com) wrote:
<Aren't these two different things? Should we use the same word to refer
to both without some additional clarification? Particularly since in
flight mechanics, the phrase 'aspect ratio' has a very precise meaning
that isn't directly related to the general shape of the wing. By that, I
mean that a pelican-like wing and a pointed-tip wing have a very different
shape, but can have exactly the same aspect ratio (though it is true that
the pointed-tip wing will usually have the greater aspect ratio).>
When I was using aspect ratio, this was largely in use of the relative
low 5.77 ratio of *M. gui* in relation to body size, as in
*Archaeopteryx*. Then I used it to refer to the size of the wings in
relation to body mass in eagles and swans, but do not consider shape to be
a part of this. That was a separate consideration.
Jaime A. Headden
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