If your like me you can get enough of this Pearl Harbor survivor. The hull is stepped so that it can break suction with the surface of the water during takeoff. I think the hard chinned lines against the subtle “hulls” curve is dynamic. Another idea for form…
Smooth, sleek and fast: aeronautics and streamlining as furniture inspiration
In this new and exciting project I will spend the next two months I will researching the design history of American aeronautics, focusing on the technical and cultural notions that have influenced the changing appearance of airplanes and the concept of speed over time, at the National Air and Space Museum and the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.
Tools in the Udvar Hazy restoration shop. Some specialty… I need to spend more time with rivets!
Playing with ideas of speed, sculptural drapery and SR-71 Blackbird- still the fastest plane ever made. All the work here in DC will be in a virtual studio!
Up close and personal with the conservation of the Horten IX V3 flying wing at NASM’s Udvar Hazy center. These German brother’s extraordinary experimental aircraft have inspiring forms - sleek and anthropomorphic.
NASM’s conservation staff is doing all they can to preserve this one of a kind aircraft. See more about the project at http://www.hortenconservation.com/
This long range bomber started being designed in WW II by Jack Northrop. A design I never imagined out of that time period. In the end the project was killed and all of these versions scraped, not because they weren’t aerodynamic, but hard to control. It was in many ways so much like today’s B-2 Stealth bomber, pictured here refueling, that it lead me to ask what technology had made the difference for this Airplane to be in service. When I asked John Anderson, the aerodynamics curator here at the NASM he said one word… computers.
Having the ability to asses and control the wing in many micro adjustments was a requirement for this design, and one they did not have when Northrop was working his original designs.
The inner workings of these beautiful engines. #airplane #art