Understanding Flight

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December 27, 2000


Electronic book text, 320 pages


0071386661 / 9780071386661

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Main description

Explaining (most of) aeronautics in simple, intuitive terms, Understanding Flight limits the mathematics and derives the most important relationships of aeronautics in a presentation that will draw the interest, appreciation and admiration of the aviation community. Key Features: * Provides keen grasp of physical flight * Explains diverse aspects such as wing design, propulsion, and high-speed flight * Tells how airplanes are constructed and perform

Table of contents

1. Introduction 2. How Airplanes Fly 3. Wings 4. Airplane Propulsion 5. High-Speed Flight 6. Performance 7. Flight Testing 8. The Rest of the Airplane 9. Appendices

Author comments

David F. Anderson is a physicist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and a private pilot. Scott Eberhardt is an associate professor in the department of aeronautics and astronautics at the University of Washington. He is also the director of the Kirsten Wind Tunnel and a private pilot.

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Get to the heart of how planes fly Never before has it been so easy to grasp how planes fly! Of keen importance to pilots, essential to engineers, and intriguing even to the earthbound, the principles of flight are often parroted but widely misunderstood. Now you can be among those who truly get it. The simplest way to master an understanding of the science of flight. This enlightening book helps you bypass common distortions, misconceptions, and half-truths and genuinely understand how aeronautics works. This book gives you brain- and gut-level understanding of what gets you up there and keeps you up there!
*Explains flight in simple, intuitive terms
*Spares you misinformation and confusion—this book gets it right and tells it right
*100 high-impact illustrations show you lift, propulsion, and design at work
*Provides practical insights pilots can use for improved performance and safety
*Demonstrates the why’s and how’s of wing shape, plane construction, flight testing, and high-speed flight
*Written by pilots (one a physicist and the other a professor of aeronautics)
*Perfect for beginning pilots

Copyright 2014 McGraw-Hill Global Education Holdings, LLC


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