Understanding Flight

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McGraw Hill Professional, Dec 27, 2000 - Transportation - 320 pages
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The simplest, most intuitive book on the toughest lessons of flight--addresses the science of flying in terms, explanations, and illustrations that make sense to those who most need to understand: those who fly. Debunks long-rooted misconceptions and offers a clear, minimal-math presentation that starts with how airplanes fly and goes on to clarify a diverse range of topics, such as design, propulsion, performance, high-speed flight, and flight testing. Not-to-be missed insights for pilots, instructors, flight students, aeronautical engineering students, and flight enthusiasts.
 

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It will answer your questions. Resulting in understanding, rather than a mathematical treatment.

Contents

Airplane nomenclature
1
The four forces
8
Wrapping it up
14
The Coanda effect
21
Does the earth support the airplane?
28
Putting it all together
34
Drag
41
Wings
57
Power
120
The turbojet
138
Lift is still a reaction force
151
Hypersonic flight
165
Airplane performance
171
Takeoff performance
178
Ceiling
184
Turns
192

Wing configuration
71
Boundarylayer turbulence
82
Wrapping it up
94
Directional stability
107
Wrapping it up
199
Misapplications of Bernoullis principle
229
Index
235
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About the author (2000)

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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