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Overview

Most pilots and flight students wince at the mention of the term "aerodynamics" because most courses and books dealing with the subject do so using complicated scientific theory and intricate mathematical formulas. And yet, an understanding of aerodynamics is essential to the people who operate and maintain airplanes. This unique introductory guide, which sold more than 20,000 copies in its first edition, proves that the principles of flight can be easy to understand, even fascinating, to pilots and technicians who want to know how and why an aircraft behaves as it does. Avoiding technical jargon and complex calculations, Hubert "Skip" Smith demonstrates how aerodynamic factors affect all aircraft in terms of lift, thrust, drag, in-air performance, stability, and control. Readers also get an inside look at how modern aircraft are designed-including all the steps in the design process, from concept to test flight and the reasoning behind them. This edition features expanded coverage of aircraft turning and accelerated climb performance, takeoff velocities, load and velocity-load-factors, area rules, and hypersonic flight, as well as the latest advances in laminar flow airfoils, wing and fuselage design, and high-performance lightplanes. Question and answer sections are added for classroom use.

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New edition of a text for pilots, technicians, flight students, kitbuilders, and others who need the basics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830639014
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/1/1991
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 337
  • Sales rank: 372,422
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Hubert C. "Skip" Smith (University Park, PA) is Associate Professor Emeritus, Aerospace Engineering at Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of McGraw-Hill's The illustrated Guide to Aerodynamics, Second Edition.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2002

    Great Start

    I used this book to supplement my first chapter of "Aerodynamics Aeronautics and Flight Mechanics" - McCormick (horrible book). This book made understanding aerodynamics much more sane. I love the layout, the simple diagrams, and the easy English. However, this book only supplemented the first 1-2 chapters of my current in-class text.

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