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Helicopter Facts for Elmendorf AFB, AK
The total helicopter pilots killed in the Vietnam War was 2,202. Total non-pilot crew members was 2,704. Based on a database from the Pentagon we estimate that over 40,000 helicopter pilots served in the Vietnam War.
A standard fixed wing aircraft has a curved upper surface and a flat lower surface. When the propeller or jet engine pushes the entire airplane forward, the air strikes the front edge of the wing with substantial pressure, and in general, gives it lift.
FAA - A History of Aircraft Structures Factoid for Elmendorf AFB, AK
Airframe structural components are constructed from a wide variety of materials. The earliest aircraft were constructed primarily of wood. Steel tubing and the most common material, aluminum, followed. Many newly certified aircraft are built from molded composite materials, such as carbon fiber. Structural members of an aircraft’s fuselage include stringers, longerons, ribs, bulkheads, and more. The main structural member in a wing is called the wing spar.