P1_3 The Aerodynamics of Pterodactyl Flight

Roisin Boadle, Emma Wigfield, Amanjit Dulay


This article discusses the aerodynamic feasibility of pterodactyl flight. The different situations of gliding and flapping are covered, and the perils of a stalling wing introduced. It is concluded that, assuming a similar build to a modern wandering albatross, the pterodactyl could have glided through the air if the wind was strong enough, but would have fallen if required to flap its wings in a gentle wind.

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