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Mach 1 and Beyond: the Illustrated Guide to High-Speed Flight

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ISBN-10: 0070520216

ISBN-13: 9780070520219

Edition: 1994

Authors: Larry Reithmaier

List price: $27.00
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This compelling book opens up the world of high-speed flight to readers who do not have extensive technical backgrounds. Covering both subsonic and supersonic flight, it demystifies the world of high-speed aerodynamics, flight principles, gas turbine jets, and more. You'll learn why there are no supersonic airliners, what problems confront designers of 2,000-mph aircraft, and whether or not a hypersonic, or Mach 5, airplane is likely to be built.
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Book details

List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Publication date: 8/22/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Larry Reithmaier is a retired mechanical engineer who, while at Rockwell International, helped design and develop the F2H, F3, F86H, F100, F101, and F4 jet fighters, the B-1B bomber, and Apollo and Skylab spacecrafts. The author of several technical books on aviation, he also wrote the Standard Aircraft Handbook for Mechanics and Technicians, Sixth Edition; the Aviation and Space Dictionary; Mach I and Beyond; Private Pilot's Guide; and Aircraft Repair Manual.

The atmosphere
The standard atmosphere
The real atmosphere
Air as fluid
Airspeed measurement
The basic airplane
Aerodynamic concepts for high-speed flight
Effects of high-speed flight
Speed of sound, aircraft velocity, and Mach number
Compressibility drag, wave drag, and transonic flight
Supersonic flight
Straight and level flight
Sonic boom
Hypersonic flight
The high-speed airplane at low speeds
Lift of a wing
Development of lift by a wing
Slowing down the high-speed airplane
The jet engine (gas turbine engine)
Development of the gas turbine engine
The basic jet engine
How a turbojet operates
Types of gas turbine engines
The gas turbine
Basic engine components and their operation
Compressor stall
The high-bypass turbofan engine
Aircraft engines for short takeoff and vertical takeoff and landing
Thrust reversers
Air inlet duct
Jet fuels
Engine instrumentation and controls
Typical gas turbine engines
Stability and control
Stability characteristics
Trade-offs for design
Typical supersonic flow patterns
Airfoil sections in supersonic flow
Configuration effects
Characteristics of transonic flight
Characteristics of supersonic flight
Transonic and supersonic configurations
Aerodynamic heating
Supersonic transports
High-speed civil transport
Beyond supersonic toward hypersonic flight
Lifting bodies--the shape of hypersonics
Propulsion systems
Temperature environment
Materials selection criteria
Structural design requirements
Interior environment requirements
Structural concepts
Structural configuration
National Aero Space Plane (NASP)
Quest for the fuel-efficient airliner
Benefits of airframe-related technologies
Composite structures
Active controls/control-configured vehicles
Longitudinal stability augmentation
Aerodynamic improvements
Propulsion system improvements
High-speed airplanes
Development of the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird
Evolution of Lockheed's SST design