LOCOMOTION IN NATURE. PART II. MODIFICATIONS OF THE FLY FOOT FOR HUMAN NEEDS
ARMY TANK-AUTOMOTIVE COMMAND WARREN MILAND LOCOMOTION DIV
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A search was undertaken to find out what work had been done and was available concerning the natural capability of flies and similar insects to walk on smooth inverted surfaces. The results show two general schools of thought on the physiological structure responsible for the special capability of the fly a a gluing mechanism, and b suction cups. At present there exists insufficient data photos, sketches, and chemical analyses to closely duplicate the fly foot for mans needs. A general fly foot concept is outlined for use on a future walking machine. Possible adaptations of the fly foot are suggested in other fields.
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