The banquet will be held October 16, 2007 in W Seattle
Banquet Speaker: Scott Eberhardt
Biography: Scott Eberhardt spent twenty years as a Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the University of Washington, before joining Boeing in 2006. In 2004, Scott was a consultant with the Museum of Flight, assisting researchers and writers in finding and documenting personal courage stories. As an aviation history buff and engineer, Scott began researching the engineering changes that occurred during WWI.
Abstract: Fighter Performance and Technology in The First World War
During the first one hundred years of flight great advances were made in fighter performance. However, fighter tactics developed in the early years of WWI are still in use today. A retrospective analysis of Seattle’s Museum of Flight collection of WWI fighters will show why certain aircraft were successful, where others weren’t. Climb and turn performance of these airplanes are compared and the tactics they fostered will be discussed. Speed, handling and stall speeds will be discussed in relation to the utility of these aircraft.