Can a LEGO Aero Hawk Helicopter Actually Fly?

April 20, 2017
Sponsored by Mentor Graphics
Remember that LEGO Aero Hawk from your seventh birthday? Remember how it did loops, flew upside down and even reached warp speed? In the imagination of a seven-year-old anything is possible. But being all grown-up, combined with harsh reality and a degree in engineering, you know that sadly everything isn’t. So you set out to apply your engineering knowledge to determine if there is even the slightest possibility of a LEGO Aero Hawk managing some form of flight. You dive into your vast engineering toolbox and pull out your traditional Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) tool. 

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