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New. 0521568366 Sealed in publisher's shrinkwrap. This book describes the principles and equations required for evaluating the performance of an aircraft. After introductory chapters on the atmosphere, basic flight theory and drag, the book goes on to consider in detail the estimation of climbing performance, the relevant characteristics of power plants, take-off and landing performance, range and turning performance, There is then a short account of the use of vectored thrust and a final chapter on transonic and supersonic flight. The emphasis is on deriving and applying simple analytical expressions rather than on computations from extensive numerical data, but all the exemplary calculations refer to current types of aircraft and the few necessary data are provided. The greater part of the book refers to subsonic aircraft flying at subcritical speeds, which can be dealt with using relatively simple equations, but it is shown that some of this simplicity can be carried over to transonic and supersonic speeds. The book will be of interest to engineers who wish to improve their understanding of aircraft performance and its evaluation. About the authors: Austyn Mair was the Francis Mond Professor of Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Cambridge from 1952 to 1983 and Head of the Cambridge University Engineering Department from 1973 to 1983. David Birdsall graduated from the University of British Columbia and then completed doctoral studies at the University of Bristol. After three years with Canadair Ltd he returned to Bristol, where he has taught flight mechanics and design for over twenty years. The cover photograph shows the experimental military aircraft known as EAR. (This is reproduced with kind permission from British Aerospace pic. ) 'What a pleasure it is to welcome a book on performance which has all the necessary virtues. It sets sensible boundaries and inside them it is comprehensive, well balanced and well written'. Aeronautical Journal a 324 pages.
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