Ahhh. How to respond to the WrightBrther early sussess and tie this into Don’s efforts . . . .
BruceS when I said “art” I was not meaning static inside-to-out expressive art.
The art I was referring to was any damn good process/machine operator. Surpassing experienced based learning is another intangible. Some would say wizardry. Not me. Performing art.
No matter how skilled the engineer, the fabricator, early success’s WILL depend on a sensing/reacting/re-jiggering-on-the-go active operator-user.
Been more than one visiter/rider observe Mr Wayne’s smoothly “flying” hands on his system controls thinking maybe he can do this . . . but me? Me?
Yes. You: if you put your mind, heart and determination to it.
“lord, lord this sword you give me to carry is too heavy for me!” (A recent movie line). Response. "Grow stronger."
Back on the Wright bro’s first flyer. Been many books and articles written about why, them. Why then.
- They pushed forward with fixed wing, never wasting time and energy on using the wing for propulsion.
- Just as soon as they could get some evidence of controllablity with wing warping with tethered wind full scale “glider” trials they immediately went into gasoline engine powered flight. Make it go forward! For lift. For control surfaces responses! Boats control much better into the stream flow. Going down stream is super tricky!
- They for sure had a gynmist/bicyclist mind set operator-flyer working it, active.
And their early successes were soon eclipsed until they abandoned too-over-reactive high-operator-skill-needed duck-goose “head-forward controls” and then themselves emulated robin/hawk/eagle rear mostly self centering controls other’s like Curtis had gone to.
Wood/char for enginepower lessons from this?
Putin every possible manual control in the beginning.
Always as soon as possible do, power, drive to learn. From successes. And not-so-good exprences.
Just like WayneK’s whole experiences example.
DO something, anything, to begin. MAKE IT ENGINE POWER. Incrementally improve from there.
Because perfecting, designing/building, overthinking, then overbuilding some more, will leave you back, powerless, disappointed. Grounded. Without even the learning experience of crashing.
Just my humble experiences. We will politely not name the too many names in the last three years of the DOW who took the never-fire up approaches, eh?
DonM. is a proven DOer driver, just trying to get rid of that “head-drag” now.
tree-farmer Steve Unruh