Mechanics of Flight, 12th Edition

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Mechanics of Flight, 12th Edition

By A. C. Kermode, R. H. Barnard, D. R. Philpott
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Mechanics of Flight is an ideal introduction to the basic principles of flight for students embarking on courses in aerospace engineering, student pilots, apprentices in the industry and anyone who is simply interested in aircraft and space flight. Written in a straightforward and jargon-free style, this popular classic text makes the fascinating topic of aircraft flight engaging and easy to understand.

Starting with an overview of the relevant aspects of mechanics, the book goes on to cover topics such as air and airflow, aerofoils, thrust, level flight, gliding, landing, performance, manoeuvres, stability and control. Important aspects of these topics are illustrated by a description of a trial flight in a light aircraft. The book also deals with flight at transonic and supersonic speeds, and finally orbital and space flight.


R. H. Barnard PhD, CEng, FRAeS; formerly Principal Lecturer in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Hertfordshire.

D. R. Philpott PhD, CEng, MRAeS; formerly Principal Aerodynamic Specialist at Raytheon Corporate Jets and Reader in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Hertfordshire.

  • Descriptions are aided by the use of a large number of diagrams, illustrations and photographs.
  • Each chapter contains numerous practice questions to test and develop the reader’s understanding of key concepts.
  • A full appendix of numerical questions is supplied together with solutions.
New to this edition

  • This twelfth edition has been fully revised and updated to conform to current teaching practices and to cover recent technical developments in the field.
  • Aspects of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are covered
  • Additional material on the use of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is included.
  • Table of contents
    • Contents
    • Preface to Twelfth Edition
    • Acknowledgements
    • Chapter 1   Mechanics
    • Chapter 2   Air and airflow – subsonic speeds
    • Chapter 3   Aerofoils – subsonic speeds
    • Chapter 4 Thrust
    • Chapter 5   Level flight
    • Chapter 6   Gliding, landing and low-speed flight
    • Chapter 7   Take-Off and Climb
    • Chapter 8   Manoeuvres
    • Chapter 9   Stability and control
    • Chapter 10    A trial flight
    • Chapter 11    Flight at transonic speeds
    • Chapter 12    Flight at supersonic speeds
    • Chapter 13    Space flight
    • Appendixes
    • 1   Aerofoil data
    • 2   Scale effect and Reynolds Number
    • 3   Numerical questions
    • 4   Answers to numerical questions
    • 5   Answers to non-numerical questions
    • Index