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Control Lever
A vertical lever used to control the fore-and-aft and lateral movements of the aeroplane. Also called the "joystick" or "stick"
Control Wires
Wires connecting the rudder bar and control lever to their respective control surfaces
Rope and twine of which a balloon's rigging is composed.
A sheet metal cover generally fitted over or around the engine
To smash the aeroplane into the ground
Crash Helmet
A helmet specifically designed to protect the pilot's head in the event of a crash
Crows foot
A patch in the shape of a crow's foot, whereby a rope is joined to the balloon's fabric.
The crystallization of a chemical when mixed with rubber which causes it to take a fixed form.
Dihedral Angle
An aeroplane is said to possess a dihedral angle when it wings rise upward from the centre of the machine
To descend an aeroplane steeply
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