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Understanding Flight, Second Edition [Paperback]

David W. Anderson , Scott Eberhardt

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Book Description

Sept. 2 2009

Discover how planes get--and stay--airborne

Now you can truly master an understanding of the phenomenon of flight. This practical guide is the most intuitive introduction to basic flight mechanics available. Understanding Flight, Second Edition, explains the principles of aeronautics in terms, descriptions, and illustrations that make sense--without complicated mathematics. Updated to include helicopter flight fundamentals and aircraft structures, this aviation classic is required reading for new pilots, students, engineers, and anyone fascinated with flight.

Understanding Flight, Second Edition, covers:

  • Physics of flight
  • Wing design and configuration
  • Stability and control
  • Propulsion
  • High-speed flight
  • Performance and safety
  • Aerodynamic testing
  • Helicopters and autogyros
  • Aircraft structures and materials


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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Basic enough for young ages Jan. 11 2012
By Runner - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this book for my daughter, who is 13 and enamored with flight. She has spent hours with the book. The pictures and drawings help bring the topics down to an understandable level for all ages.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Game-changer: GREAT BOOK Jan. 22 2011
By Vanda - Published on Amazon.com
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What are you looking for?

This book is written by very accomplished aeronautical industry/academic professionals. Do you want their insights? Or, do you want their formulae?

Many want the formulae, but I wanted the insights. And that is exactly what this book provides.

If you are looking for a fresh, experienced, and non-dogmatic view of the principles of flight then this is the book for you.

You'll get it as soon as you get through about 20 pages. This isn't your sad physics teacher's regurgitation text on flight. It is real and begins to point light on lift and aerodynamics for those of a more philosophically curious nature.

Simple, straight-forward, and with the gravity of experience. Excellent.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No Table of Contents Aug. 6 2012
By jhkjh - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought the electronic version of this book to have as a quick cheap reference, but was shocked to find the electronic version of it doesn't have a table of contents. What I don't understand is that Amazon displays a table of contents on the website. But for some reason they figured that a Kindle readers prefer clicking through the book page by page rather than jumping straight to the section of interest. If this were a novel I wouldn't care, but for a technical book it's totally unacceptable.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding Flight, Second Edition May 9 2013
By StarTraveller - Published on Amazon.com
I taught for the TCDSB for 23 years. I now do science workshops for school children and educators. I currectly sit on the editorial board of the Science Teachers Association of Ontario for our two e- magazines.

The authors scientifically challenge the Bernoulli explanation of flight found in many textbooks and pilot's manuals. Anderson and Eberhardt explain and prove that the Bernoulli explanation is just plain wrong.

The book is written for the average reader who does not have a degree in physics. It is a non-mathematical approach to the physics of flight that reads like a novel.

There are insertions, like sidebars, which contain facts about flight and aviation history. These make for fascinating reading, yet do not take away from the flow of the book. The many illustrations and pictures complement the points the authors are making.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aerodynamics made clear April 29 2013
By James H. Thorsen - Published on Amazon.com
As a long-time flight instructer (airplanes and instruments), I've searched for this kind of book for my students and flying buddies. In Robin Old's autobiography "Fighter Pilot" he tells of his encounter with compressibility in the P-38 in WW11. Now I understand the concept. For the curious, the part about swept wing and area rule concepts is enlightening. A must read and great gift to pilot friends. James H. Thorsen FAA #1678207 CFI A&I.

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