Briefing File: Geodetics

 

BRIEFING FILE: Geodetics - The construction technique best-known for its use on the Wellington

Most famously used in the Vickers Wellington bomber, geodetic airframe construction was a remarkable method. The term ‘geodetics’ originates withthe global earthmeasuring concept ‘geodesy’, adopted due to the related spiral ‘wrapping’ lines evident in boththreedimensional systems. Its earliest aeronautical employment seems to have been a 1911 Schütte-Lanz rigid airship, followed by 1924’s sole Latécoère 6 four-engine French biplane bomber.

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