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What makes airplanes fly? : history, science, and applications of aerodynamics

Author: Peter P Wegener
Publisher: New York : Springer, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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"How can an airplane weighing many tons stay aloft for many hours, flying so smoothly that passengers may feel less like they are moving than they would in a car? The answer, of course, lies in the wings and in the air they are moving through. The study of this flow of air is part of the science of aerodynamics." "This book is about aerodynamics in the broadest sense. In addition to airplanes, it discusses the  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter P Wegener
ISBN: 0387947841 9780387947846
OCLC Number: 34710932
Description: xii, 260 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: A dream comes true : the Wright brothers and their predecessors --
Milestones of the modern age --
The nature of liquids and gases --
The atmosphere of the Earth --
Air in motion --
Turning to aerodynamics --
Aerodynamic drag --
Aerodynamic lift --
Notes on the whole airplane --
Toward high speed : supersonic and hypersonic flight --
Air transportation and the outlook for the future.
Responsibility: Peter P. Wegener.
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Dealing with aerodynamics in the broadest sense, this book discusses, in addition to aeroplanes, the aerodynamics of cars and birds, and the motion of diverse objects through air and water.  Read more...

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