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Aeronautics

This is a resource for educators detailing student learning programs that explore aeronautics, encouraging them to examine the nature of flight and to experience some real-life applications of mathematics, science and technology. The activities are divided into three chapters: Air, Flight and We Can Fly, You and I. Step-by-step ...

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Lawrence Hargrave with box kites, 1894

This is a sepia photograph, measuring 24.2 cm x 29.3 cm, of aeronautical inventor Lawrence Hargrave (left) and an unidentified man in Stanwell Park, on the coast between Sydney and Wollongong, New South Wales. They are assembling five box kites and joining them together, in preparation for using them to lift a man into ...

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Escort for Amy Johnson's landing in Sydney, 1930

This is a black-and-white photograph that shows the six women pilots who provided an aerial escort for British aviator Amy Johnson when she arrived in Sydney on 4 June 1930. The photograph, which measures 15.0 cm x 19.8 cm, is glued to a mount upon which is inscribed the words 'Escort for Amy Johnson's landing in Sydney. ...

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'Nancy Bird Walton with her plane, Gypsy Moth, 1935'

This is a black-and-white close-up photograph (9.5 cm x 11.8 cm) showing the famous Australian pilot Nancy Bird (1915-) leaning against the open cockpit of her de Havilland biplane.

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Aviator's flying cap worn by Millicent Bryant, 1926

This is a flying cap, made of leather and cotton with metal stud fastenings, manufactured around 1926. It features a brown leather peaked cap with cheek flaps and green and grey tartan lining. It was used by Australian aviator Millicent Bryant.

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Engineer a jetliner

In this interactive, students work through the engineering decisions required for the wing and engines configuration best suited for four different requirements. Students select from different wing and engine designs that are each rated for build cost, fuel burn and wieght. The first three options focus on designing low-cost, ...

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Aviator William Ewart Hart's biplane, 1911

This is a 23.4 cm x 38.8 cm sepia-toned photograph of the homemade biplane of one of Australia's first aviators, William Ewart Hart (1885-1943), after its 1911 landing on the Sydney Showground, New South Wales. A crowd has gathered around the aircraft, obscuring Hart from view.

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The 'Southern Cross' reaches Sydney, 1928

This is a black-and-white photograph of the 'Southern Cross' biplane arriving in Sydney and being greeted by reporters and photographers and a large contingent of police after the record-breaking flight of Charles Kingsford Smith and his crew across the Pacific. Signed portraits of the crew are superimposed upon the photograph, ...

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'Southern Cross' above Sydney Harbour Bridge, 1931

This is a 1931 gelatin silver-toned composite photograph measuring 32 cm x 25.5 cm, produced by Hall and Co. It shows Charles Kingsford Smith's monoplane, the 'Southern Cross', flying over the partially constructed Sydney Harbour Bridge, escorted by a biplane. The view is from the north-west, probably McMahons Point, and ...

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Model of Hargrave's box kite, 1969

This is a reproduction model of a double box kite. It was designed by Lawrence Hargrave in 1893 and was made by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in Sydney in 1969. It comprises two rectangular cells made from a wooden frame with a cream cotton calico covering. Inside each of the cells are two wooden cross struts ...

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Rocket aerodynamics

Rocket aerodynamics is the study of how air flows over a rocket and how this affects design, drag and stability. This article looks at the design of a rocket and the purpose of the features of it.

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Framed photograph of Lawrence Hargrave, c1900

This is a sepia photograph taken about 1900 depicting pioneering aeronautic scientist Lawrence Hargrave wearing a suit and hat. In the background are bushes. The print is in a wooden frame with tortoiseshell overlay, and is protected by glass. On the top edge is a round metal hanging hook and the frame is backed with brown paper.

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Future flight design

This is a resource for educators and students detailing a learning program in which students research and devise a solution to air transportation problems or, alternatively, design a future aircraft. In the air transportation task, students choose a career role and consider the problem from the perspective of that role's ...

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Wing loading

Wing loading is a measurement that relates the mass of an aircraft or bird to the total wing area. This resource provides an interactive for students to compare flight capabilities of planes with birds, matching those that are the most similar.

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Aircraft-recognition model of a North American AJ-2 Savage, 1940-59

This is an aircraft-recognition model of a North American AJ-2 Savage. The model is made of solid metal and is painted dark grey. It features high wings, large twin engines and a vertical stabiliser. There is a small pierced hole on the underside of the body, allowing the model to be supported by a vertical rod.