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Second Saturday Conversation: What Makes an Airplane Fly?

February 9, 2019,11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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About Second Saturdays

Second Saturday Conversations feature interesting sci-tech and engineering speakers and topics in an informal setting. The programs are held in the Auditorium or Main Reading Room from 11:00 a.m. to Noon.

The exhibition galleries and the William N. Deramus III Cosmology Theater are open 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month. Free admission and parking. Reference, research, and circulation services are not available on Second Saturdays.

The lecture

Thousands of people fly in airplanes each day, but very few passengers know what keeps an airplane in the air. Join Pedro Toledo, graduate student in aerospace engineering at the University of Kansas, for an overview of aerodynamics, flight dynamics, propulsion, and structures for the non-engineer. He will also answer common questions (and misconceptions) people have about airplanes: Why are there different looking wingtips and what do they do? How important are the moving pieces below and above the wings? What happens when one of the engines becomes inoperative?

The speaker

Pedro Toledo is an MS student in aerospace engineering at the University of Kansas. His research interests include the investigation of the acoustic effects of damping treatments on carbon fiber composite fuselage wall panels. He received a BS in aerospace engineering from the University of Kansas in 2018.


Admission tickets

The lecture is free and open to the public; however, e-tickets are required.


Parking is free in Library parking lots and along the west side of Holmes Street between 51st and 52nd streets. The main entrance to the Library grounds is on Cherry Street. The Linda Hall Library is not affiliated with UMKC. Parking in all UMKC lots is by permit or meter. Doors open at 10 a.m.


Linda Hall Library


Linda Hall Library
5109 Cherry
Kansas City, MO 64110 United States
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