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The Aeroplane Speaks

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Author: H. Barber
Language: English
Wordcount: 40,735 / 125 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 75.7
LoC Categories: Q, TL
Downloads: 7,618
mnybks.net#: 875
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Science, Non-fiction
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e Surface is shaped to have the greatest possible span, i.e., distance from wing-tip to wing-tip, it then engages more air and produces both a maximum Reaction and a better proportion of Lift to Drift.

``That being so, we can then well afford to lose a little Reaction by reducing the Angle of Incidence to a degree giving a still better proportion of Lift to Drift than would otherwise be the case; for you must understand that the Lift-Drift Ratio depends very much upon the size of the Angle of Incidence, which should be as small as possible within certain limits. So what I say is, make the surface of Infinite Span with no width or chord, as they call it. That's all I require, I assure you, to make me quite perfect and of infinite service to Miss Efficiency.''

``That's not practical politics,'' said the Surface. ``The way you talk one would think you were drawing L400 a year at Westminster, and working up a reputation as an Aeronautical Expert. I must have some depth and chord to take my Spars and Ribs, a

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