I had neither the time nor inclination to explain the science of aerodromics to him; so I told him it stayed up because I made it stay up. From Wordnik.com. [Carson of Venus]
Langley was an old man when he began the study of aeronautics, or, as he himself might have expressed it, the study of aerodromics, since he persisted in calling the series of machines he built 'Aerodromes,' a word now used only to denote areas devoted to use as landing spaces for flying machines; the Wright Brothers, on the other hand, had the great gift of youth to aid them in their work. From Wordnik.com. [A History of Aeronautics] Reference
"The final application of these principles to the art of aerodromics seems, then, to be, that while it is not likely that the perfected aerodrome will ever be able to dispense altogether with the ability to rely at intervals on some internal source of power, it will not be indispensable that this aerodrome of the future shall, in order to go any distance -- even to circumnavigate the globe without alighting -- need to carry a weight of fuel which would enable it to perform this journey under conditions analogous to those of a steamship, but that the fuel and weight need only be such as to enable it to take care of itself in exceptional moments of calm.". From Wordnik.com. [Flying Machines: Construction and Operation] Reference
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