Aeroplane Controls

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MAN imposes his will on a machine by the use of a control. We are all familiar in a general way with the kind of control by which many of the machines which transport us from place to place are guided; the most recently arrived means of transport, the aeroplane, has controls which are much more complicated in their effects than we find with earth-bound transportation. The vastly greater possibilities of movement possessed by the aeroplane can be stated with greater precision if we consider the number of degrees of freedom it possesses, and then compare it with trains, cars or ships.

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Hill, G. Aeroplane Controls. Nature 143, 1049–1052 (1939) doi:10.1038/1431049a0

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