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Wind Speed and Damage to Fly Wings

12/06/2009 12:15 PM

Happy holidays and wish everyone the best. Here is the scenario. Driving to town I had a fly in my car. I cracked the window and the fly got sucked out. What I want to know is. if there is no relative wind speed in the car and then the fly is subjected to 80 mile an hour wind. What would it do to the fly. I know this is a useless question but every now and then useless is good. At work we concluded it might sustain a concussion or a torn wing muscle. But were don't know what we are talking about. Just electricians at lunch.

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12/06/2009 1:27 PM

My uninformed opinion is that the fly would not suffer anything more than sudden deceleration to outside wind speed. But he'd have a helluva stroy to tell the wife and kids.

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12/07/2009 12:07 AM

I think the fly would be subjected to acceleration (rather than deceleration), because it would be traveling at close to zero relative to the car when inside. When it hits the outside air, it would then be propelled to the speed of the car, but in the opposite direction.

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12/07/2009 12:16 AM

Semantics. The fly's speed would change abruptly.

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12/07/2009 1:55 AM

Its a no win picture for the fly.... driven primarily by hydraulics its first challenge will be severe flight surface flutter as it will be exceeding design speed. Assuming it survived the deceleration to VNE (Velocity never exceed) it would well have excessive foaming of hydraulic fluid and dammage valves to deal with. The ulimate demise will, I speculate be as a result of exoskelital failure caused by an 18wheeler squishing it into the tarmac.

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12/07/2009 10:43 AM

I bet he won't have the guts to do that again!

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12/07/2009 8:27 AM

being that flys are such adreneline junkies, he's probably looking for his next fix... Like buzzing around my cube... This might be his last fix...

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12/07/2009 2:20 PM

The last thing to go through it's mind was it's rear legs upon hitting the windsheild of the car behind you.

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12/07/2009 2:48 PM

......and what was the speed limit you were passing through at 80 MPH? What was the reaction of the guy on the motorcycle behind you?

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12/08/2009 12:35 AM

I was in the slow lane on a northern California freeway. I was warming up to get ready to jump into hyper drive, so I could get into the FASSSST lane.

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12/07/2009 6:42 PM

As the previous poster alluded to the foaming of the hydraulics, could be . But if he made it back to the carrier they would probably assess the airframe as over stressed and push him over the side.

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12/08/2009 8:57 AM

Are telling me that you didn't pull over and take care of the wounded animal?????

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