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Re: Fw: Dinosaurs and birds
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From: "Michael Habib" <email@example.com>
Sent: Thursday, April 12, 2007 9:00 PM
Subject: Re: Fw: Dinosaurs and birds
during the upstroke, but the animal still pays a bit of a price for it.
The cost is worthwhile at high speeds, but the near-avian in question
would probably be moving at relatively low speeds (from a fluid flow
standpoint). This does not make a wing-assisted leap untenable, but it
does affect how a near-avian would be expected to execute it. For one
thing, it makes utilizing gusts that much more useful --MH
I've had gusts lift my mainwheels clear of the ground while sitting still at
idle power in a J-3. It really brings home the useful energy extractable
from gusts. Makes the heart go pitty-pat for a moment too. And it don't
take nearly as strong a gust to lift a little near-bird clear of the ground.
Which should make him truly appreciative of his wings and the enhanced
maneuverability and control they give him.