Written by one of the most succesful aerospace authors, this new book develops aircraft performance techniques from first principles and applies then to real airplanes. It also address a philosophy of, and techniques for aircraft design. By developing and discussing these two subjects in a single text, the author captures a degree of synergism not found in other texts. The book is written in a conversational style, a trademark of all of John Anderson's texts, to enhance the readers' understanding.
Anderson, whose engineering and other scholarly credits include a chair at the National Air and Space Museum, as well as faculty positions in both history and aeronautical engineering at the University of Maryland, intended this text for a first course in airplane performance. As such it covers design philosophy and methodology in order to show how working engineers achieve their performance standards. Part I is an overview of aerodynamics and propulsion. Part II covers static and accelerated aircraft performance and equations of motion, and part III describes design methodologies using historical examples. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)