Why The “Flight Rings” On A Disc Matter

It’s not just for grip. From Wired Magazine:

In 1955 [Walter Morrison] sold his [frisbee] invention to Wham-O—manufacturer of slingshots and Hula-Hoops—where a product designer named Ed Headrick made the final tweak of rippling the top with concentric ridges. These add turbulence, which holds air against the surface for a longer flight.

Engineers have since validated those design choices.

HT @tondarstruck.

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    Charlie Eisenhood

    Charlie Eisenhood is the editor-in-chief of Ultiworld. You can reach him by email (charlie@ultiworld.com) or on Twitter (@ceisenhood).

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