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Author Alexander, David E., 1955-

Title Why don't jumbo jets flap their wings? : flying animals, flying machines, and how they are different / David E. Alexander.

Publication Info. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, [2009]


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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 278 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 259-267) and index.
Contents Flying animals and flying machines : birds of a feather? -- Hey buddy, need a lift? -- Power : the primary push -- To turn or not to turn -- A tail of two tails -- Flight instruments -- Dispensing with power : soaring -- Straight up : vertical take-offs and hovering -- Stoop of the falcon : predation and aerial combat -- Biology meets technology head-on : ornithopters and human-powered flight.
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Summary Why Don't Jumbo Jets Flap Their Wings? offers a fascinating explanation of how nature and human engineers each arrived at powered flight. What emerges is a highly readable account of two very different approaches to solving the same fundamental problems of moving through the air, including lift, thrust, turning, and landing. The book traces the evolutionary process of animal flight-in birds, bats, and insects-over millions of years and compares it to the directed efforts of human beings to create the aircraft over the course of a single century.
Subject Aeronautics -- Popular works.
Animal flight -- Popular works.
Flying-machines -- Popular works.
Airplanes -- Popular works.
Birds -- Flight -- Popular works.
Aerodynamics -- Popular works.
Flight -- Popular works.
Airplanes -- Wings -- Popular works.
Lift (Aerodynamics)
Vertically rising aircraft -- Aerodynamics -- Popular works.
TRANSPORTATION -- Aviation -- General.
Aerodynamics. (OCoLC)fst00798195
Aeronautics. (OCoLC)fst00798293
Airplanes. (OCoLC)fst00803053
Airplanes -- Wings. (OCoLC)fst00803545
Animal flight. (OCoLC)fst00809189
Birds -- Flight. (OCoLC)fst00833014
Flight. (OCoLC)fst00927291
Flying-machines. (OCoLC)fst00928449
Lift (Aerodynamics) (OCoLC)fst00998431
Vertically rising aircraft -- Aerodynamics. (OCoLC)fst01165611
Genre/Form Popular works. (OCoLC)fst01423846
Other Form: Print version: Alexander, David E., 1955- Why don't jumbo jets flap their wings? New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, ©2009 9780813544793 (DLC) 2008035425 (OCoLC)243845412
ISBN 9780813548616 (electronic bk.)
0813548616 (electronic bk.)
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