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Since the invention of flight, planes seem to have only gotten bigger. But what about helicopters? Why are they still so small?

How Do Helicopters Fly Without Wings? - https://youtu.be/pVMT4hqFzQg

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A Supercomputer Dreamed Up a Bird-Like Airplane Wing
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“In a letter published in Nature, Niels Aage and colleagues from the University of Denmark showed off an intricately curved and fractal-like airfoil design that’s strikingly similar to the interior of a bird’s wing and beak.”

What Is a Helicopter?
https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/5-8/features/nasa-knows/what-is-a-helicopter-58.html
“A helicopter's rotors allow it to do things an airplane cannot. Unlike an airplane, a helicopter does not have to move quickly through the air to have lift. That fact means it can move straight up or down. Most airplanes cannot do this. A helicopter can take off or land without a runway.”

These Jets Can Hover Like Helicopters, Here's How They Work
https://www.seeker.com/videos/these-jets-can-hover-like-helicopters-heres-how-they-work
“Why bother using the wings at all? Heck you've got a mighty jet engine underneath you, just point it at the ground and blast off! Over the years engineers have tried a few different approaches, but the most successful idea was to use thrust vectoring, like on the Boeing AV-8B Harrier II.”

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