Experimental Aircraft - Intro

OPENING QUESTION:  What do we mean by the term "experimental aircraft?"

LEARNING GOAL FOR TODAY:

I will investigate an experimental aircraft developed somewhere in the world in the last 75 years during today's class.

WORDS O' THE DAY:

WORK O' THE DAY:

Experimental aircraft are designed for a number of reasons including:

  1. Proof of concept -- can we build it?
  2. Speed
  3. Altitude
  4. Engine design
  5. Distance

Work with your group to find an experimental aircraft that you find interesting in some way shape or form.

Now let us please reseat ourselves according to the year in which that plane was first developed, so that all groups are in chronological order.

Now let's swim up a table and investigate another group's aircraft-- do a bit of research and report back on that butcher paper on the table what you find.

Return home and check the accuracy of the data left by other groups at your table.

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Now let's swim down a table, and do the same thing

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Now let's take particular note of the engines associated with our experimental aircraft. What was unique, different or otherwise new about the engine design?

Do ALL experimental aircraft require new engine designs?

Let's discuss

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Let's try something a bit different --

We'll need to define terms first:

Scramjet

hypersonic

Let's pretend you are executives for British Airlines and you are debating whether to commit to Boeing for development of a Scramjet plane capable of flying from New York to Sydney Australia (basically half way 'round the world), in just a few hours.

What considerations do you have to make...

Please turn your sheets over and brainstorm ideas