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The Peak of Pterosaur Design
Photograph by Jonathan Blair

The 36-foot (11-meter) wingspan of the Quetzalcoatlus northropi model at the Museum of Flying in Santa Monica, California, beats out the 32-foot (10-meter) wingspan of a 1941 Stearman trainer. A half-size Quetzalcoatlus built in the mid-1980s by a team at AeroVironment, led by aeronautical engineer Paul MacCready, rear cockpit, actively flew. The 44-pound (20-kilogram) model could flap its wings and reach a speed of 35 miles an hour (56 kilometers an hour). MacCready’s son Tyler, front cockpit, used his imagination to paint the model pictured, since no fossils preserve pterosaurs’ color.



Camera: EOS-1
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 100
Lens: Canon 20-35mm f/2.8 zoom
Speed and F-Stop: 1/60 @ f/4
Weather Conditions: Unrecorded
Time of Day: Night
Lighting Techniques: HMI studio and hot lights

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The pterosaur model is suspended by a mobile crane.


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