Thursday, March 03, 2005

Chasing Tailwind.

Steve Fossett's remarkable journey around the world was favored, in large part, to the ingenious design of the GlobalFlyer. The aircraft was designed to take advantage of heavy tailwinds in the event of any unexpected fuel losses. It's a phenomenal example of how far we've come in aeronautics. Learn more about the GlobalFlyer here.

Incidentally, birds also take advantage of tailwinds during their migrations. Apparently, El Nino provides birds with a strong tailwind that translates to what
scientists call extra "spunk" that our feathered friends use while mating.

Go Fossett! Go Tweety!


Blogger thc said...

In addition to the ingenious design, Fossett chose to begin and end his historic flight in KANSAS for good luck!

12:56 AM  
Blogger Vavoom said...

Any idea why he chose Kansas? Was Fossett from there?

1:31 PM  

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