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Wright Brothers - Wind Tunnel

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Wright Brothers - Wind Tunnel

The Wright Brothers built a wind tunnel to improve their gligers, by testing a variety of wing shapes and their effect on lift.

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In the winter of 1901, the Wright Brothers reviewed the problems with their last attempts at flight, and reviewed their test results and determined that the calculations they had used were not reliable. They decided to build an artificial wind tunnel to test a variety of wing shapes and their effect on lift. The results, gave the Wright Brothers a greater understanding of how an airfoil (wing) works and could calculate with greater accuracy how well a particular wing design would fly. They planned to design a new glider with a 32-foot wingspan and a tail to help stabilize it.
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