Dragonfly flight. I. Gliding flight and steady-state aerodynamic forces.

@article{Wakeling1997DragonflyFI,
  title={Dragonfly flight. I. Gliding flight and steady-state aerodynamic forces.},
  author={J. Wakeling and C Ellington},
  journal={The Journal of experimental biology},
  year={1997},
  volume={200 Pt 3},
  pages={543-556}
}
The free gliding flight of the dragonfly Sympetrum sanguineum was filmed in a large flight enclosure. Reconstruction of the glide paths showed the flights to involve accelerations. Where the acceleration could be considered constant, the lift and drag forces acting on the dragonfly were calculated. The maximum lift coefficient (CL) recorded from these glides was 0.93; however, this is not necessarily the maximum possible from the wings. Lift and drag forces were additionally measured from… CONTINUE READING

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