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rogallo

(rəˈɡæləʊ)
n, pl -los
(Aeronautics) a flexible fabric delta wing, originally designed as a possible satellite retrieval vehicle but actually developed in the 1960s as the first successful hang-glider
[C20: after Francis M. Rogallo (1912–2009), the US engineer who designed it]
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What aerial technique was developed by US engineer Francis Rogallo in the 1940s?
The triangular wings are known to aeronautical engineers as Rogallo wings, with their origins going back to the late 1940s.
That was when Francis Rogallo, an engineer with the American National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics, NACA, first devised an ultra-light wing with the first models cut up from a kitchen curtain.
The development of lightweight Mylar fabric, in the 1950s, made it all possible, but it was not until the space race started, with the launch of Sputnik 1 in Russia, in 1957, that Rogallo's device became something other than a curiosity.
Rogallo himself retired from Nasa in 1970, bringing the story of flight full circle to settle in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, where the Wright brothers had made their first powered flights back in 1903.
What aerial technique was perfected by US engineer Francis Rogallo in the 1970s?
The modern ultralight movement was born when NASA invented the Rogallo wing in the mid-1960s.