Wingless Flight: The Lifting Body Story

Overview

Most lifting bodies, or "flying bathtubs" as they were called, were so ugly only an engineer could love them, and yet, what an elegant way to keep wings from burning off in supersonic flight between earth and orbit. Working in their spare time (because they couldn't initially get official permission), Dale Reed and his team of engineers demonstrated the potential of the design that led to the Space Shuttle. Wingless Flight takes us behind the scenes with just the right blend of technical information and ...
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Overview

Most lifting bodies, or "flying bathtubs" as they were called, were so ugly only an engineer could love them, and yet, what an elegant way to keep wings from burning off in supersonic flight between earth and orbit. Working in their spare time (because they couldn't initially get official permission), Dale Reed and his team of engineers demonstrated the potential of the design that led to the Space Shuttle. Wingless Flight takes us behind the scenes with just the right blend of technical information and fascinating detail (the crash of M2-F2 found new life as the opening credit for TV's "The Six Million Dollar Man"). The flying bathtub, itself, is finding new life as the proposed escape-pod for the Space Station.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813156279
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 7/28/2014
  • Pages: 258
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Table of Contents

Note to Paperback Edition
Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction
Ch. 1 The Adventure Begins 1
Ch. 2 "Flying Bathtub" 19
Ch. 3 Commitment to Risk 41
Ch. 4 On to the Heavyweights 65
Ch. 5 Angry Machines 87
Ch. 6 Back to the Drawing Board 111
Ch. 7 Wingless Flight Matures 129
Ch. 8 Lifting-Body Racehorses 155
Ch. 9 Wingless Flight Lives On 179
Appendix 193
Glossary 201
Bibliography 211
About the Author 215
Index 217
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