- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; 1 edition (December 6, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0071363777
- ISBN-13: 978-0071363778
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,857,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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...they...develop different...intuitive way of thinking about how airplanes fly [and] delve into highspeed flight and aerodynamic testing. -- Flight Training, May, 2001
[The authors]...develop a different, more intuitive way of thinking about how airplanes fly...[and] delve into high-speed flight and aerodynamic testing. -- Flight Training, May 2001
From the Back Cover
Get to the heart of how planes fly
Never before has it been so easy to grasp how planes fly!
Of keen importance to pilots, essential to engineers, and intriguing even to the earthbound, the principles of flight are often parroted but widely misunderstood. Now you can be among those who truly get it.
The simplest way to master an understanding of the science of flight.
This enlightening book helps you bypass common distortions, misconceptions, and half-truths and genuinely understand how aeronautics works.
This book gives you brain- and gut-level understanding of what gets you up there and keeps you up there!
*Explains flight in simple, intuitive terms
*Spares you misinformation and confusion—this book gets it right and tells it right
*100 high-impact illustrations show you lift, propulsion, and design at work
*Provides practical insights pilots can use for improved performance and safety
*Demonstrates the why’s and how’s of wing shape, plane construction, flight testing, and high-speed flight
*Written by pilots (one a physicist and the other a professor of aeronautics)
*Perfect for beginning pilots
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The authors of this book put Bernoulli aside, and start with basic Newtonian physics, and show how and why airflow curves around a wing or a propellor, creating downwash and lift, why airfoils are shaped the way they are, how flaps and ailerons work in seeming violation of Bernoulli's law and pretty much everything else you'd want to know about the real physics of flight.
This is a mostly non-mathematical treatment that is still useful reading for engineers and physicists, as well as required reading for pilots and model airplane builders. I got a tremendous amount of understanding from it, and if you have an interest in flight, I think you will, too.
"Circulation is a model developed for large aircraft that does not apply to small insects, by blowing air down."
I have yet to figure out this sentence.
And there is the interesting typo on page 232 "Remember, the Coanda effect is the pheromone that causes a flowing liquid such as air to wrap around a solid object."...
There are many books on the subject with most of them written in dry, academic tones complete with differential calculus. There are notable exceptions to this ('The Science of Flight' by Hubin comes to mind) but really, I've not found many books that take a conversational approach until I got 'Understanding Flight' by Anderson. Quickly but precisely, Anderson dissects aerodynamics for the non-mathematician and using examples from other fields and everyday occurrences, explains what happens when a wing is subject to an airflow. Due to this book, I've been finally disabused of the great sucking theorem by Bernoulli that most often is used to explain lift. The point is, Anderson explains exactly what happens and it makes sense. Along the way, he does a reasonable job of debunking other theories of flight and why they couldn't logically explain heavier-than-air flight.
I really like this book and do highly recommend it.
This would be a good introduction to aerodynamics even for engineers. My only complaint is that the section on supersonic flight is not as good as the earlier parts of the book.
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