Website of Patricia Jones-Bowman.
Artist's impression of Nightingale|
Images first published [internet] on this website on Feb 11 2001
WING FLAPPING ANIMATIONS
These animations are artist's impressions
The effect of varying wing kinematics is
one of the main areas of research to be
carried out during the extensive testing
links in yellow
will be available
when testing starts
TEST PILOT'S LOG
CLICK ON IMAGES TO VIEW ANIMATIONS
research etc from
around the world
Progress on Nightingale so far.
Tailboom and empennage almost finished
Fuselage completely redesigned and
construction almost finished
Instrument panel finished and instruments mounted
Landing gear finished
Beak finished [every ornithopter should have a beak !]
- it contains the pitot/static probes and accelerometer etc.
Flapping mechanism almost finished.
Speed reduction unit finished
I'll post photo's and video of the
full-size, manned 34 foot wingspan
Nightingale N2 when the flight
testing starts later this year.
During the last 4 years Nightingale
has changed considerably as a result
of testing and research and is now
a tandem biplane and extremely
lightweight [see image below]
Nightingale was designed to test many
different wings and wing configurations
and the biplane tests will be followed
by tests in the original monoplane
The photo below shows the 8 foot
radio-controlled test model
The design has since changed to
a 4 wing configuration
I will be updating regularly from now on.
So please check back often.