Air Power: The Men, Machines, and Ideas That Revolutionized by Stephen Budiansky

By Stephen Budiansky

No unmarried human invention has reworked conflict greater than the airplane—not even the atomic bomb. Even ahead of the Wright Brothers’ first flight, predictions abounded of the devastating and poor results this new invention might have as an engine of warfare. hovering over the battlefield, the plane turned an unstoppable strength that left no spot in the world secure from assault. Drawing on wrestle memoirs, letters, diaries, archival files, museum collections, and eyewitness debts through the lads who fought—and the lads who constructed the leap forward innovations and concepts—acclaimed writer Stephen Budiansky weaves a shiny and dramatic account of the airplane’s progressive transformation of recent warfare.

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The development of these characteristics, and investigations into grouping and monitoring problems, have resulted in the practical application of another variation of the straight scale display. 6 as it would be applied to the measurement of two parameters vital to the operation of an aircraft powered by four turbojet engines. Each display unit contains a servodriven white tape in place of a pointer, which moves in a vertical plane and registers against a scale in a similar manner to the mercury column of a thermometer.

14 Liquid crystal display (LCD). OF SEGMENTS 6 2 5 5 4 5 5 3 7 B The space between the plates is filled with a liquid-crystal material, referred to as a nematic material (from the Greek word nemator meaning 'thread') by virtue of its thread-like molecules being oriented with their long axes parallel. The complete assembly thus constitutes a special form of capacitor. When low-voltage current is applied to the segments, the molecular order of the liquid-crystal material is disturbed and this changes its optical appearance from transparent to reflective.

10. /min. indicating system of an aircraft having a multiple arrangement of propeller-type engines, and its pointers, which symbolize the propellers, only rotate t o show the differences of speed between engines. The display, shown at (b), is a good example of one indicating the movement of components; in this case, flight control surfaces, landing flaps, and air spoilers. The instrument contains seventeen separate electrical mechanisms, which on being actuated by transmitters, position symbolic indicating elements so as to appear at various angles behind apertures in the main dial.

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