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A long-established U.S. Navy publication also used by the U.S. Air Force as well as by the FAA as a source reference for their own publications, this textbook presents the elements of applied aerodynamics and aeronautical engineering that directly relate to the flight training and general flight operations of naval aviators. For more than 50 years, this book has been a definitive source that communicates the complexities of applied aerodynamics and aeronautical engineering for both the beginner and the experienced pilot. Flight safety and effectiveness depends greatly on the understanding and appreciation of how and why an airplane flies, and this resource teaches aerodynamic principles, providing the foundation for developing precise flying techniques and operational procedures. The information in Aerodynamics for Naval Aviatorsis applicable to flight training, transition training, reciprocating and turbine-powered airplanes, and general flying operations. It offers the elements of both theory and application, covering basic aerodynamics, high-speed aerodynamics, airplane performance, stability and control, operation strength limitations, and the application of aerodynamics to specific problems of flying, such as the region of reversed command, wind shear, effects of ice and frost, ground effect, and collision avoidance. Also included are an index and a list of selected references.
The U.S. Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command is the division that provides material support for aircraft and airborne weapon systems and is the successor to the Bureau of Naval Weapons.