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Flying Free [electronic resource]

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Inventor Paul MacCready builds flying machines inspired by nature. Alan Alda joins MacCready's team as they test fly a variety of unconventional planes. Also examines how nature itself first solved the problem of flight, when insects evolved wings more than 300 million years ago.
Online
2005; 2000
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United News: Release 211 (1946) Latest News in Aviation World [electronic resource]

This World War II-era newsreel includes the following segments: 1. Paratroopers jump at West Point graduation. 2. Tenants are rescued from the burning LaSalle Hotel in Chicago. 3. Chiang Kai-shek decorates the tomb of Sun Yat-sen as the capital is returned from Chungking. 4. Fiftieth anniversary of the automobile industry. 5. The 82nd Airborne Division is honored, celebrating D-Day. 6. General Doolittle and Admiral Nimitz at Academy graduations.
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1946
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The Big Picture [electronic resource]: Fifty Years of Aviation

Beginning with historical footage from 1907 when the United States Army purchased its first military plane, this exciting documentary examines the miracle of flight while examining all that man has done in such a short half century. Featuring rarely seen footage, this episode of the Big Picture produced by the U.S. Army, salutes the brave men and women whose courage, tenacity, and skill have directly resulted in Army, Navy, and Air Force aviation powers second to none. Footage from the National Archives and Records Administration details the Army's Delackner Aerocycle and the Hiller Flying Platform as well as pictures of the proposed Aerial Assault Vehicle and the Aerial Jeep.
Online
2008
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Blended Wing-Body Aircraft Promises Quieter Skies [electronic resource]

Engineers develop a new airplane design that is more energy efficient and quieter.
Online
2012
13.

Britain's Secret Engineers [electronic resource]

If you need to build a 'top-secret' piece of equipment in the U.K., there's one place many people choose to go: defense contractor QinetiQ. Follow workers at this leading British company on a global journey as they reveal a handful of their secretive projects. Meet the scientists and engineers building robots to defuse Afghanistan's deadly roadside bombs and learn how they're adapting them to help in dangerous civilian situations at home. Find out how British experts are using 'stealth technology' to make wind turbines less visible to radar and, with unprecedented access, follow the engineers racing to get Chinook helicopters ready for front line service-including in Afghanistan.
Online
2010
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Butterfly Wings May Improve Airplane Wings [electronic resource]

Mechanical engineers are mimicking nature to shorten your next flight.
Online
2013
15.

Designing Stable Tiny Fliers [electronic resource]

A top-heavy design increases the ability of tiny fliers to maintain a specific angle and position while moving through the air.
Online
2012
16.

How to Build a Jumbo Jet Engine [electronic resource]

A Jumbo Jet Engine is the story of the thousands of people who design, build, and test engines at Rolls-Royce's manufacturing plants in Derby and across the U.K., making Rolls-Royce a central part of life for the people who work there. Exploring some of the astonishing technology behind the engines' advanced components, the BBC documentary program meets the skilled engineers who design and build them, and experience the ups and downs of life on the assembly line.
Online
2010
17.

New Material Keeps Pilots Safe From Lasers [electronic resource]

Engineers help protect pilots from blinding lights.
Online
2012
18.

Smoother Take-Offs and Landings [electronic resource]

Atmospheric researchers aim to take the turbulence out of your next airplane ride.
Online
2013
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Things You Need to Know...About Speed [electronic resource]

Do you really understand speed properly? James May does. In this fast-moving mix of animation and motion graphics, he tries to figure out how you can catch speeding bullets in your teeth, why the Moon doesn't fall out of the sky, why his cat knows more about terminal velocity than he does, and why a six-ton chicken cannot run.
Online
2012
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Modern Marvels: Helicopters [electronic resource]

The Apache Longbow is the deadliest helicopter in world, while the Blackhawk is known for its sophistication and versatility. From Coast Guard helicopters in the Gulf of Mexico to luxury helicopters owned by wealthy businessmen, helicopters have a variety of uses that make them one of man's most helpful and entertaining tools. Take a look at what goes in to customizing and flying these wingless aircraft.
Online
2010