heavier-than-air aircraft


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heavier-than-air aircraft

Aircraft supported in the atmosphere by lift derived from aerodynamic forces.
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DARPA expects to receive proposals based on solar-powered, heavier-than-air aircraft, but any energy source except nuclear power will be considered, according to DARPA's broad agency announcement released on 22 October.
Their feat went down in history as the first successful flight by a heavier-than-air aircraft.
Not exactly what the fathers of powered flight, Orville and Wilbur Wright, had in mind for aviation when they flew the first heavier-than-air aircraft nearly 100 years ago.