Wake structure and wingbeat kinematics of a house-martin Delichon urbica.

@article{Rosn2007WakeSA,
  title={Wake structure and wingbeat kinematics of a house-martin Delichon urbica.},
  author={Mikael Ros{\'e}n and G R Spedding and Anders Hedenstr{\"o}m},
  journal={Journal of the Royal Society, Interface},
  year={2007},
  volume={4 15},
  pages={
          659-68
        }
}
The wingbeat kinematics and wake structure of a trained house martin in free, steady flight in a wind tunnel have been studied over a range of flight speeds, and compared and contrasted with similar measurements for a thrush nightingale and a pair of robins. The house martin has a higher aspect ratio (more slender) wing, and is a more obviously agile and aerobatic flyer, catching insects on the wing. The wingbeat is notable for the presence at higher flight speeds of a characteristic pause in… CONTINUE READING
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