How Things Fly
Start time: Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm EDT
Duration: 50 minutes
What makes an airplane fly? Think you know? Join experts from the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum as we explore two of the forces that affect how things fly. The forces of lift and thrust are often misunderstood and difficult to explain, but our experts will clear the air for you. We’ll discuss many of the common misconceptions related to each force and help students develop ideas about how lift and thrust act on an aircraft.
Dr. Anderson is currently the Curator for Aerodynamics at the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution. Dr. Anderson has published ten books, some in multiple editions, in the areas of aerodynamics, computational fluid dynamics, airplane performance, hypersonic aerodynamics, high-temperature gas dynamics, the history of aerodynamics, and the history of aeronautical engineering.
Michael Hulslander is the Manager of Onsite Learning at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. He is responsible for science education at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum and manages the Museum’s hands-on learning centers, including the How Things Fly gallery, the Moving Beyond Earth gallery, and the Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory, as well as the Museum’s youth Explainers Program.