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OU on the BBC: Science Shack - What's the biggest thing that can fly?

Updated Friday, 2nd June 2006

Adam Hart-Davis and the team investigate the science that keeps things aloft. A brief guide to a visit to the Science Shack.

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Adam Hart-Davis sends a flying loop skywards Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: Production team

There is a limit to how big you can build an aircraft. Once it gets to a certain size its mass prevents it staying airborne whatever shape you make it.

But what, exactly, is that size? And what is possible?

Adam investigates the science of making big things fly by building an airship to lift his weight. It may sound easy, but Adam's determined to do it the hard way and build the entire structure out of paper!

First broadcast: Friday 2 Nov 2001 on BBC TWO





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