Airplane Stability and Control: A History of the Technologies that Made Aviation Possible / Edition 2

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Much of the book's content captures never-before-available impressions of those active in the field, from pre-Wright brothers airplane and glider builders straight through to contemporary aircraft designers. The chapters are arranged thematically, dealing with single subjects over their entire history. These include early developments, research centers, the effects of power on stability and control, the discovery of inertial coupling, the challenge of stealth aerodynamics, a look toward the future, and much more. This updated edition includes new developments in propulsion-controlled aircraft, fly-by-wire technology, redundancy management, applications, and safety. It is profusely illustrated with photographs and figures and includes brief biographies of noted stability and control figures along with a core bibliography. Professionals, students, and aviation enthusiasts alike will appreciate the comprehensive yet readable approach to this history of airplane stability and control.
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"This is a splendid book...How often do you find an erudite treatise that is truly un-put-downable? I learned things from this book about aircraft ranging from Gossamer Condor to the SR-71." Aerospace

"The volume has much good information in it...a useful reference work." Isis

"Every student or researcher working on Stability and Control and Flight Mechanics should make the effort to read and understand the material in this book; the benefit to their appeciation of the demanding nature of aeronautical engineering will be substatial." The Aeronautical Journal, Donal McLean

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521021289
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/13/2005
  • Series: Cambridge Aerospace Series, #14
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Early Developments in Stability and Control 1
2 Teachers and Texts 13
3 Flying Qualities Become a Science 19
4 Power Effects on Stability and Control 45
5 Managing Control Forces
6 Stability and Control at the Design Stage 90
7 The Jets at an Awkward Age 100
8 The Discovery of Inertial Coupling 109
9 Spinning and Recovery 121
10 Tactical Airplane Maneuverability 14ä
11 High Mach Number Difficulties ä
12 Naval Aircraft Problems 187
13 Ultralight and Human-Powered Airplanes 198
14 Fuel Slosh, Deep Stall, and More 205
15 Safe Personal Airplanes 231
16 Stability and Control Issues with Variable Sweep 244
17 Modern Canard Configurations 252
18 Evolution of the Equations of Motion 258
19 The Elastic Airplane
20 Stability Augmentation 303
21 Flying Qualities Research Moves with the Times 324
22 Challenge of Stealth Aerodynamics 335
23 Very Large Aircraft 341
24 Work Still to Be Done 345
Short Biographies of Some Stability and Control Figures 347
References and Core Bibliography 357
Index 377
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