Frigate Bird, Study 2

The Caladan Frigate Bird warrants at least one more study before I figure out how the Atreides would build an ornithopter.

If you lay down against the model for this bird with your feet at one wingtip, your head probably wouldn’t reach the other wingtip.

The frigate bird’s whole body has evolved for aerodynamic efficiency. Even their size helps with their ability to fly; larger wings work better because, while the wing is bigger, the air has not scaled up with it — there is effectively more air to provide lift.

The dual tails also prevent vortices from forming from the bird’s body. It’s a beautiful inspiration for a society that prides itself on flight.

What are heroes like in The Fifth World? Absent sedentary, agrarian life, how do their culture heroes demonstrate the values of their society?
Flying machines are probably not unknown in The Fifth World. They know about textiles, of course, and there’s abundant bamboo. And, thanks to the Libarrian tribes, they can study the abstract aspects of flight, which is important because some of them are pretty counterintuitive.

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