EVER since I first began to study Aeronautics I have been annoyed by the vast gap which has existed between the power actually expended on mechanical flight and the power ultimately necessary for flight in a correctly‐shaped aeroplane. Every year, during my summer holiday, this annoyance is aggravated by contemplating the effortless flight of the sea birds and the correlated phenomenon of the beauty and grace of their forms.
Melvill Jones, B. (1929), "The Streamline Aeroplane: A Discussion of the Power Economies to be Expected from Perfect Streamlining of Aircraft", Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, Vol. 1 No. 2, pp. 68-72. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb029111
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