Science: Wings Are for the Birds

Since the arrival of jet engines, hangars all over the country have been full of odd model aircraft, designed to take advantage of the jet's enormous thrust. Most of them are freaks that will never fly. Last week designers were studying a novel wingless aircraft that is not in the same class. Its originator, Dr. Alexander Martin Lippisch, 61, a top German airplane designer in World War II, was largely responsible for the delta wing and Nazi Germany's ME-163 rocket plane. His new "aerodyne," however odd-looking, cannot be laughed off as a crazy inventor's dream.

Dr. Lippisch escaped from Vienna just ahead...

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