Southampton Physics Colloquia

The Perilous Practice of Flying and Applying
Sqn Ldr Tony Royle Open University 14:30, Friday 13 October 2017
Physics Seminar Room (Building 46/5081)
Aeronautical research in Britain during the early part of the twentieth century was advanced by a decision to allow a number of the nation's finest mathematicians to train as pilots and conduct airborne experiments using full-scale aircraft. Given that many would subsequently perish in flying accidents, what justified the risk?