Tailless Aircraft: Their Design and Characteristics

Tailless Aircraft: Their Design and Characteristics


By (author) Karl L.E. Nickel, By (author) Michael Wohlfahrt, By (author) Captain Eric Brown

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  • Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 512 pages
  • Dimensions: 176mm x 248mm x 36mm | 1,102g
  • Publication date: 1 September 1994
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0340614021
  • ISBN 13: 9780340614020
  • Illustrations note: illustrations, index
  • Sales rank: 1,166,575

Product description

The book discusses the full range of tailless designs, from hanggliders to the US 'Stealth Bomber', and includes a detailed look at particularly significant designs. The authors' own experience in this field allows them to explain and illustrate the topic in a way that will both appeal to the enthusiast and satisfy the professional aerodynamicist's need for academic rigour: a rare mix of sound science and first hand experience.

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Table of contents

Introduction * Aerodynamic basic principles * Stability * Control * Flight characteristics * The design of sweptback flying wings: I. Optimisation II. Fundamentals III. Special problems * Hanggliders * Flying models * Fables, misjudgements and prejudices, fairy tales and myths * Discussion of representative tailless aircraft * Bibliography * Name, aircraft and subject index.