Tagged: birds

The Pigeon Post

Have you ever watched Harry Potter and thought to yourself, is it really possible to deliver messages by attaching a message to an owl?  You bet it is!  Except not the owl part.  Pigeon posts, believe it or not, have been in use for over 3,000 years, beginning with the Egyptians and Persians and are […]

The Shape Factor

Birds and flying insects in nature come in different sizes and shapes. We know that there exists minimum and maximum sizes for flight, but what makes a bird or an airplane an efficient flyer? Is there a wing that is perfect for all tasks? Can we borrow some ideas from nature to improve our aircraft?