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Access to the article is free, however registration and sign-in are required. Why are flies and birds much more maneuverable than airplanes? In his Perspective, Dudley explains current thinking about the biomechanics of insect flight. He highlights a report in this issue (Dickinson et al.) of a robotic fly that reproduces many of the flight characteristics of its living counterpart and reveals unexpected force generation at the ends of the up- and downstrokes.

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      oai:nsdl.org:2200/20110722022154225T,flight,NSDL,NSDL_SetSpec_BEN,Physics,Engineering,robotic fly,insect,leading-edge vortex,Life Science,rapid wing rotation,aerodynamic,biomechanics,Technology

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