Making Pterosaurs Fly

6. Stephen Winkworth 1984

The BBC commissioned a program for the series "Wildlife on One" called "Pterodactylus - Alive?".  As part of the research, a number of models were developed.  The one shown above is a half scale flying model of Pteranodon, based loosely on the Bramwell and Whitfield model.  It was enhanced with fins to improve stability and was essentially a flying model aeroplane in the shape of a pterosaur with a 15 foot wingspan.

The model was filmed flying from the chalk cliffs of Dover in January 1984 and was incorporated into the BBC program for broadcast in the following year on 8th Jan 1985.

Winkworth S., 1985, Pteranodon Flies Again, New Scientist, 3 Jan 1985: p32-33.

Winkworth S., 1985, Pteranodon, Flug und Modelltechnik, 359, p990-993. Verlag fur Technik und Handwerk, Baden-Baden.

1. The Background

2. Ernst Stromer 1913

3. Hankin and Watson 1914

4. Erich von Holst 1957

5. Bramwell and Whitfield 1974

6. Stephen Winkworth 1984

7. Paul MacCready 1985

8. Margot Gerritsen 2005

9. Matt Wilkinson 2007


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