History

Wright Brothers’ Wind Tunnel

A large part of the Wright Brothers’ ultimate success in creating the first powered heavier-than-air craft came as a result of work done in their homemade wind tunnel, shown above. In the aftermath of the failure of their 1901 Glider, the brothers decided that the lift and drag data they had used from Otto Lilienthal must be inaccurate. They built this wind tunnel and its force balances to measure lift and drag on two hundred different airfoils themselves and were rewarded with far more successful flights with their 1902 Glider, which led directly to the Wright Flyer in the following year. #

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