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Helicopter Facts for Eugene, OR
Emmanuel Dieuaides steam-powered design featured counter-rotating rotors powered through a hose from a boiler on the ground. If you include military helicopters it is estimated that there are more than 45,000 operating worldwide. Helicopters can be flown across oceans if additional fuel is made available or in-flight refueling is employed.
FAA - A History of Aircraft Structures Factoid for Eugene, OR
Into the 1930s, all-metal aircraft accompanied new lighter and more powerful engines. Larger semimonocoque fuselages were complimented with stress-skin wing designs. Fewer truss and fabric aircraft were built. World War II (WWII) brought about a myriad of aircraft designs using all metal technology. Deep fuel-carrying wings were the norm, but the desire for higher flight speeds prompted the development of thin-winged aircraft in which fuel was carried in the fuselage. The first composite structure aircraft, the De Havilland Mosquito, used a balsa wood sandwich material in the construction of the fuselage. The fiberglass radome was also developed during this period.