Airplane Stability and Control. A History of the Technologies that Made Aviation Possible. Cambridge Aerospace Series Part No. 6

  • ID: 3204539
  • Book
  • 393 Pages
  • Cambridge University Press
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From the first airplanes that flew for just minutes at a time to today's advanced aircraft, flying qualities have depended on airplane stability and control. This book offers an informal history of the personalities and events surrounding the development of airplane stability and control, both the science and its application to design. The authors, widely known for their contributions to airplane design and development, are especially well positioned to write such a history. Much of the content captures never-before-available impressions of those active in the field, from airplane and glider builders before the Wright brothers right up to the present. Chapters are arranged thematically, dealing with a single subject over its entire history. The book is profusely illustrated with photographs and figures and includes a core bibliography, along with brief biographies of noted stability and control figures. The book is suitable for graduate students and researchers in aerodynamics and aeronautical engineering.
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1. Early developments in stability and control;
2. Teachers and texts;
3. Flying qualities become a science;
4. Power effects on stability and control;
5. Managing control forces;
6. Stability and control at the design stage;
7. The jets at an awkward age;
8. The discovery of inertial coupling;
9. Spinning and recovery;
10. Tactical airplane maneuverability;
11. High Mach number difficulties;
12. Naval aircraft problems;
13. Ultra-light and human-powered airplanes;
14. Fuel slosh, deep stall, and more;
15. Safe personal airplanes;
16. Stability and control with variable sweep;
17. Modern Canard configurations;
18. Evolution of the equations of motion;
19. The elastic airplane;
20. Stability augmentation;
21. Flying qualities research moves with the times;
22. Challenge of stealth aerodynamics;
23. Very large aircraft;
24. Work still to be done; Short biographies of some stability and control figures; References and core bibliography.
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Malcolm J. Abzug ACA Systems.

E. Eugene Larrabee Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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