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Author Archives: Rick Matus
Aircraft designer, Robert Widmer, dies at age 95
Robert Widmer, a long time engineer and aircraft designer, has passed away. He led the development of the first supersonic bomber, the B-58, as well as the F-111 and F-16. When I worked at General Dynamics in the 1980’s he … Continue reading
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The Wind Tunnel That Helped Win World War II
The Atlantic magazine has a nice article about the history of the NASA Langley Full Scale Wind Tunnel, including some pictures from the Library of Congress of the tunnel’s construction and some historic aircraft tested there. Some impressive statistics on … Continue reading
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50th Anniversary of Human Spaceflight
Today is the 50th anniversary of the first human spaceflight and first human orbit of the earth by Yuri Gagarin in Vostok 1. How can you celebrate this momentous event? Find a Yuri’s Night party and have a blast.
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Where’s the technical meat?
We have a webinar coming up this Thursday on the topic of parametric optimization of vertical axis wind turbines. One of the engineers working on the webinar told me this morning he felt this webinar does not have as much … Continue reading
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Today is James Clark’s birthday
Today is a daily double for CFD-related birthdays. First, Pierre-Simon Laplace and now James Clark. James H. Clark was born 23 March 1944 in Plainview, Texas. If his name is still not familiar to you, maybe you know the name … Continue reading
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