In the earlier years a few individuals really stood out in the development of
aerodynamics. This handful of men contributed to what our current knowledge
of aerodynamics is; from the pure concept of flight to complicated theories
in fluid dynamics.
- Leonardo Da Vinci - A conceptual genius, famous for his artistic talents, drew many sketches of flying machines.
- Sir Issac Newton - This father of calculus postulated the Three Laws of Motion.
- Sir George Cayley - The first man to build a successful glider, he is commonly referred to as the Father of Aerodynamics.
- Otto Lilienthal - Lilienthal made over 2,500 successful flights on his glider, quickly attaining world-wide fame.
- Samuel Langley - One of the first Americans to secure a government loan, he built unmanned aerodomes.
- The Wright Brothers - Unexpectedly, these two brothers showed the world that man could conquer the air.
- Ludwig Prandtl - Modeled physical phenomena into clear mathematical form, Prandtl created the theory of boundary layers.
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