Basic Flight Mechanics

A Simple Approach Without Equations

  • Ashish Tewari

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 133-136

About this book


This book presents flight mechanics of aircraft, spacecraft, and rockets to technical and non-technical readers in simple terms and based purely on physical principles. Adapting an accessible and lucid writing style, the book retains the scientific authority and conceptual substance of an engineering textbook without requiring a background in physics or engineering mathematics. Professor Tewari explains relevant physical principles of flight by straightforward examples and meticulous diagrams and figures. Important aspects of both atmospheric and space flight mechanics are covered, including performance, stability and control, aeroelasticity, orbital mechanics, and altitude control. The book describes airplanes, gliders, rotary wing and flapping wing flight vehicles, rockets, and spacecraft and visualizes the essential principles using detailed illustration. It is an ideal resource for managers and technicians in the aerospace industry without engineering degrees, pilots, and anyone interested in the mechanics of flight.

  • Provides readers with a thorough understanding of the physical principles behind flight mechanics without the need of complicated mathematics;
  • Encompasses all types of flight covered in one book from the biomechanics of birds to airplanes and rockets;
  • Illustrates key properties of flight with many schematic diagrams and examples to highlight important principles;
  • Includes appendices on atmospheric properties as well as basic flight equations for more mathematically inclined readers.


Aerodynamics Airplanes Flight Principles Mechanics of Flight Physics of Flight Rockets Rotary Wing Flight Vehicles

Authors and affiliations

  • Ashish Tewari
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  1. 1.Department of Aerospace EngineeringIndian Institute of Technology, KanKanpurIndia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-30020-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-30022-1
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