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Use and function of a leading edge flap on the wings of eagles

Abstract:
In this paper we present video evidence of unsteady maneuvers in which leading edge feather deflections occur on the wings of an Eagle in free flight. High-speed video is used to analyze the use of these feathers in greater detail during landing sequences. The results suggest that the feathers are being used as a means to stabilize the wing during these unsteady maneuvers. A novel method of measuring wing profiles of a bird in free flight is outlined.

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University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
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University of Oxford
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Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
Role:
Author
Journal:
Collection of Technical Papers - 45th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting
Volume:
1
Pages:
382-390
Publication date:
2007-01-01
URN:
uuid:c2e05de6-7e74-43b5-b498-70831ca4c627
Source identifiers:
164982
Local pid:
pubs:164982
Language:
English

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