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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Ever since the Wright brothers demonstrated the possibility of flight in a heavier-than-air aircraft, airpower has become a standard feature of military operations, especially those conducted by the United States.
At the time, about half of all heavier-than-air aircraft operated by the Navy were classified as flying boats.
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.