Project Lilienthal´s normal glider

Project Lilienthal´s normal glider

125 years of human flight – Otto Lilienthal was the pioneer of aviation. He was the first person to recognise and document that a curved wing can generate more lift than a flat one – even more than twice as much. Researchers at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) have reconstructed the 'Normalsegelapparat' (Normal glider) according to the original design drawings. The DLR Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology has examined the aerodynamic properties of the world's first series aircraft inside the wind tunnel, and has confirmed that Lilienthal is indeed the father of modern aviation.

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