# Understanding Flight

McGraw Hill Professional, Dec 27, 2000 - Transportation - 320 pages
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 Copyright

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Page 118 - Newton's third law states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.
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Page 231 - This pressure q is defined by its kinetic energy, q = \pV2, where p is the density of the air and V is its velocity.
Page 36 - It is equal to the rate at which energy is transferred to the air to produce lift.
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Page 232 - Newton's third law says that an equal and opposite force is exerted on the paper.
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Page 157 - This topic has been covered in Chapter 2 and will not be repeated here. However...