Terence Nonweiler

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Terence Nonweiler (1925–1999) held a Chair of Aeronautical Engineering at Glasgow University and later became Dean of the Faculty of Engineering. He has been creditted with being the pioneer of wave-riding technology.[1][2][3][4]

In January 1957 Nonweiler, and six other enthusiasts (including Beverley Shenstone) met in Cranfield in and formed the Man-Powered Aircraft Committee (later to become the Man-Powered Aircraft Group of the RAeS) with the purposes of reviewing relevant literature, assessing its prospects, and promoting its realisation. [5]

He also developed a family of airfoil sections, the best-known of which is the GU25-5(11)8 which was the subject of a wind tunnel test by F.H. Kelling in 1968.[6] This airfoil was used as the canard wing section on the Quickie aircraft.

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  1. ^ Flight, 1961 July 20 page 67 (Accessed August 2012)
  2. ^ STAAR Research- The Scottish Rocket Programme: An Historical Overview of Waverider Evolution (Accessed August 2012)
  3. ^ The Herald Tuesday 28 December 1999 Obit:Prof Terence Nonweiler (Accessed August 2012)
  4. ^ New Scientist 24 Dec 1959 (Accessed August 2012)
  5. ^ Reay, D.A (1977). The History of Man-Powered Flight. Pergammon. pp. 136–136. ISBN 978-1483113579. 
  6. ^ Kelling, Fred (1968). "Experimental Investigation of a HIgh-Lift Low-Drag Aerofoil" (PDF). http://naca.central.cranfield.ac.uk. Aeronautical Research Council. Retrieved 29 October 2015.  External link in |website= (help)