Tailless Aircraft

Tailless Aircraft

1st Edition - September 1, 1994
  • Authors: Karl Nickel, Michael Wohlfahrt, Eric Brown

Purchase options

No purchase options available.

Institutional Subscription

Free Global Shipping
No minimum order


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.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 512
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 1994
  • Published: September 1, 1994
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann

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

Latest reviews

(Total rating for all reviews)

  • NikolaosKorakis Sun Nov 24 2019

    Highly Recommended

    I highly recommend the book "Tailless Aircraft" by Nickel & Wolfhart to anyone wishing to study the peculiarities of tailless aicraft, or is aiming to design a successful and safe tailless aircraft, whether it being man carrying, or rc model. The reader, in my opinion, should have a background in aerodynamics and flight dynamics since it will be easier to understand some of the material given in the book. Nevertheless, the hobbyist who is not into mathematics will find usefull the practical advise given throughout this book. Thank you.