The KU Aerospace Short Course Program is proud to collaborate with Dr. Jan Roskam, Ackers Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Aerospace Engineering, University of Kansas and founder of the Aerospace Short Course Program to present the History of Airplane Design webinar series. The 2018 webinar series includes five individual webinars, each focusing on specific companies and their contributions to the commercial, military and transport aircraft industries. During each webinar, Dr. Roskam provides interesting facts and historical details on a wide variety of airplane development programs, industry innovations, successes and failures. This is your opportunity to learn from a legend in aircraft design how some of today's best known companies got started, persevered or went bankrupt, merged or made it on their own.
Each webinar is presented live, and will not be available for viewing following the live presentation. Registration for each live webinar is $50 per person.
- Westland built many novel designs during WWII. The Lysander (spy carrying airplane), Whirlwind and Wyvern fighters will be discussed.
- English Electric designed and built the famous Canberra bomber (which served in the USAF as the Martin B-57) and the supersonic Lightning fighter.
- Folland built the pocket fighter Gnat, while Fairey produced a long line of carrier-based aircraft for the British Royal Navy, the most outstanding of which were the Firefly and the Gannett.
- We'll discuss how Miles came about and how the Miles family developed a long line of civil and military airplanes. Typical examples include the Miles Martlett, Erovan, Messenger, Marathon and Gemini.