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Finally, one of AMO’s most special qualities was the scholarly imagination and creativity that he focused on aerodynamics and fluid mechanics. It was typical for him to come up to one of his engineers in the Aero Research Group and say, “Hey, I’ve been thinking about—.” And thus a new aerodynamic concept would be born. An array of these concepts ultimately culminated in his classic 37th Wright Brothers Lecture, “High-Lift Aerodynamics,” which has become a required “text” for many aerodynamics courses. It is symbolic of the canonical contributions of Apollo Milton Olin Smith to aerodynamics and the design of airplanes.

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