Saturday, April 05, 2008
London, ON, March 2008 [Click to enlarge]
While watching the Airbus A380 make its maiden flight a couple of years back, I paid particular attention to the shape and layout of the wings. (Why? Because I'm a geek.) Although aircraft are fantastically expensive to design and build, it's safe to say that the wings consume a disproportionately huge slice of the R&D budget. They're miraculous pieces of technology (and wouldn't ya know, I've written about them here and here.)
But as I reviewed the photos from my impromptu riverside photo shoot last weekend, my jaw dropped when I saw this one full-size for the first time. The complexity of this bird's wings puts anything Boeing or Airbus ever designed to shame. Score another one for nature.
Your turn: Nature's engineering. Please discuss.