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Tailless Aircraft - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780340614020

Tailless Aircraft

1st Edition

Authors: Karl Nickel Michael Wohlfahrt Eric Brown
Hardcover ISBN: 9780340614020
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 1st September 1994
Page Count: 512
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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.


University and technical libraries with aeronautical interest; postgraduate and postdoctoral aeronautical researchers; flight enthusiasts for powered flight, gliders, hanggliders, microlights and aeronautical history; designers of model aircrafts.

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.


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About the Authors

Karl Nickel

Affiliations and Expertise

Former Professor of Practical and Applied Maths, University of Freiburg, Germany

Michael Wohlfahrt

Eric Brown

Affiliations and Expertise

Test Pilot and Former President of the Royal Aeronautical Society

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