Flying Along a Logarithmic Spiral

  title={Flying Along a Logarithmic Spiral},
  author={Gilbert J. Chin},
  pages={1857 - 1857}
  • G. Chin
  • Published 8 December 2000
  • Environmental Science
  • Science
ORGANISMAL BIOLOGY Peregrine falcons use two high performance skills—flight speed and visual acuity—to attack their prey. In a trio of papers, Tucker and his colleagues model the quantitative aspects of aerodynamic drag, assess the optimal integration of speed and sight, and present field observations of falcon flight. Drag, particularly at flight speeds in excess of 50 meters per second, is minimized by keeping the head aligned with the body, but this presents a problem: prey of the size of a… 
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