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Fundamentals of aircraft and airship design; v.1: Aircraft design.


Fundamentals of aircraft and airship design; v.1: Aircraft design.

Nicolai, Leland M. and Grant E. Carichner.

Amer. Inst. of Aeronautics & Astronautics


883 pages



AIAA educational series


Aircraft designers Nicolai and Carichner, currently with Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works, define aircraft design as both a science and an art, with compromise based on current requirements and available technologies. They comprehensively detail the concept design phase for both military and civil aircraft in a way that addresses user needs, materials, and structure. They discuss designing for survivability (stealth), solar and human-powered aircraft systems, and high altitude flight with air-breathing propulsion. Features include step-by-step examples, including wing design; historical case studies of aircraft design, and numerous illustrations and color photographs.

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Date:Dec 1, 2010
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