Investigation of Aerodynamic Capabilities of Flying Fish in Gliding Flight

  • H. Park
  • H. Choi
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In the present study, we experimentally investigate the aerodynamic capabilities of flying fish. We consider four different flying fish models, which are darkedged-wing flying fishes stuffed in actual gliding posture. Some morphological parameters of flying fish such as lateral dihedral angle of pectoral fins, incidence angles of pectoral and pelvic fins are considered to examine their effect on the aerodynamic performance. We directly measure the aerodynamic properties (lift, drag, and pitching moment) for different morphological parameters of flying fish models. For the present flying fish models, the maximum lift coefficient and lift-to-drag ratio are similar to those of medium-sized birds such as the vulture, nighthawk and petrel. The pectoral fins are found to enhance the lift-to-drag ratio and the longitudinal static stability of gliding flight. On the other hand, the lift coefficient and lift-to-drag ratio decrease with increasing lateral dihedral angle of pectoral fins.


Flying fish Aerodynamic performance Gliding Static stability Wing morphology 



This work has been supported by the National Research Laboratory Program of the Korean Ministry of Science and Technology.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Mechanical and Aerospace EngineeringSeoul National UniversitySeoulKorea

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