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June 2006 edition

Aircraft design pioneer Holt Ashley dies at 83

San Franscisco-born Holt Ashley, whose methods helped pioneer change of the design of structures from wings to wind turbines, has died aged 83. Ashley was 6ft 8ins - a height that prevented his acceptance as a pilot during World War II but he gained his pilot's licence after joining Stanford in 1967.

Ashley, a professor emeritus of aeronautics and astronautics and of mechanical engineering, was renowned for his pioneering research and books in the field of aeroelasticity - the combination of aerodynamics and structures. He also wrote classic textbooks in aerodynamics and aircraft engineering.....

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