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Flight Lines: By nature or man, a wing must produce lift

Published 07/21/2010, West Fargo Pioneer

You’d think by now this whole flying thing would be figured out. It’s not. Credit to the first great thinkers to ponder the possibility of manned flight goes to the venerable names we all learned, the Aristotles, the Galileos, the da Vincis, and others. That’s only because they preserved their thoughts with written words and drawings. I’m confident the first humans to walk the earth also wondered and wished. With creatures all around them plying the air with moving wings, how could they not? Insects and bats were doing it. And birds, those magical feathered beasts, were doing it too.

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