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Aerospace design : aircraft, spacecraft, and the art of modern flight
Springer, A. M.
Publication Information:
New York : Merrell, [2003]

Physical Description:
191 pages : illustrations (some color), plans ; 30 cm
General Note:
Includes bibliographical references (p. 196-197) and index.

Published in association with NASA.
Why do airplanes look the way they do? / Tom D. Crouch -- The airplane and the streamline idiom in the United States / Dominick A. Pisano -- Design for performance: the role of aesthetics in the development of aerospace vehicles / John D. Anderson, Jr. -- Beauty in the beast: form and function in the early development of wind tunnels / James R. Hansen -- An indispensable ingredient: flight research and aircraft design / Michael H. Gorn -- Designing for the edge of space and beyond / Dennis R. Jenkins -- The future of flight / Anthony M. Springer.
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This book explores the physical aspects of aviation and space flight through an appreciation of design evolution, powers of scale, materials, tools of the trade and imagery that captures not only moments in history, but also tire realization of theories and ideas. Each chapter, written by a specialist in aerospace history or aerospace technology, engagingly describes all aspect of the evolution of flight, from ground-testing designs and components to the aircraft and spacecraft themselves. The authors raise numerous fascinating questions: Why (to the vehicles look the way they (lo? How do these designs relate to other forms in our society? What will aircraft and spacecraft look like in the future? The answers to every conceivable question about aerospace design are provided in this landmark publication, which is stunningly illustrated throughout with e broad range of images from NASA's unsurpassable collection. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in aircraft, spacecraft or the broader issues of design.

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Expanding on themes previously explored in various museum exhibits, this is an imaginative and stimulating assessment of important topics in the history of flight. Editor Springer has curated several significant exhibitions on the relationships of science, technology, and culture, with special shows on technology as related to air travel and space exploration. His opening essay is an excellent overview of the interaction of technology, design, and the culture of air travel and aeronautics. The essays that follow explore little-visited areas of aerospace and provide fascinating discussions that continue to yield insights with repeated readings. Subjects include the rationale in designing various types of aircraft, the impact of streamline concepts dating from the 1930s, the role of wind tunnel analysis over several decades, the dynamics of flight research, aspects of designing for transonic aircraft, and scenarios for the future of flight. These quality essays are accompanied by an eye-popping group of photos--rarely seen until this publication. A significant book and a joy to explore. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. General readers; lower-division undergraduates through professionals. R. E. Bilstein emeritus, University of Houston--Clear Lake