Gliding flight: speed and acceleration of ideal falcons during diving and pull out

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) Science Article 8


Some falcons, such as peregrines (Falco peregrinus), attack their prey in the air at the end of high-speed dives and are thought to be the fastest of animals. Estimates of their top speed in a dive range up to 157ms?1, although speeds this high have never been accurately measured. This study investigates the rodynamic and gravitational forces on

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