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Aerodynamics for Naval Aviators

19 January 2015

Aerodynamics for Naval Aviators: NAVWEPS 00-80T-80, H.H. Hurt Jr., 2012, ISBN 978-161608-439-4, 432 pp.

Aerodynamics for Naval Aviators: NAVWEPS 00-80T-80 by H.H. Hurt Jr.

Aerodynamics for Naval Aviators: NAVWEPS 00-80T-80 by H.H. Hurt Jr.

Enjoyment due to this book is long and deep. It is not for those who feel formulae and graphs take the wonder out of the world but it is for those who like to hear nature’s singing with mathematical precision. Notably, Hunt addresses how wings fly and not airfoil sections as is so often done elsewhere. It is the wings that do most of the flying and the education continues with the varying forms of drag, engine design, landing gear arrangements, high alpha versus low alpha landings, etc. Hunt describes in easy to understand language dotted with gems of observation (why delta winged aircraft cannot have flaps and how naval aviators specialize in low-speed flight) engines as well as propellers all the while explaining their importance to flight. Many more areas of powered flight are also dealt with in the same easy to relate to manner.

Aerodynamics for Naval Aviators will be welcomed by those who wish to understand flight and all of its interrelated factors but also should be considered for use as a math teaching aid for math students since this is applied knowledge and much more exciting than most text books.

Lighter-than-air flight is not addressed nor are flying boats. Hunt explains helicopters, though, and drops one of his gems here when mentioning that a helicopter’s autorotation is the same as windmilling of an airplane’s propeller 🙂

Aerodynamics for Naval Aviators would be a great book for a precocious student since the math here is applied to visceral and exciting real world examples. The book is a treasure trove which costs only a few dollars.

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