Wood to Metal: The Structural Origins of the Modern Airplane

@article{Jakab1999WoodTM,
  title={Wood to Metal: The Structural Origins of the Modern Airplane},
  author={P. Jakab},
  journal={Journal of Aircraft},
  year={1999},
  volume={36},
  pages={914-918}
}
  • P. Jakab
  • Published 1999
  • Engineering
  • Journal of Aircraft
The transition from the wood-and-fabric airplane to the all-metal airplane was essentially complete by World War II. The late 1920s and early 1930s are said to have witnessed a structural revolution in aeronautics with the appearance of streamlined metal aircraft with such features as tightly cowled multiple engines, variable-pitch propellers, retracting landing gear, and stressed-skin aluminum construction. A prevalent assumption regarding this transition is that the building material acted as… Expand
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