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  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (14 Oct. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521657229
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521657228
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 1.5 x 25.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 266,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'This book is very helpful for students and young design engineers as well as for aeronautical enthusiasts who intend to get a complete overview of all types of aircraft, their specific design considerations, the basic principles and why aircraft programmes in the past have been successful or failed.' Aircraft Design

' … this is a book intended as an 'introduction' to the whole field of aircraft design. It sets out to answer significant design questions such as 'Why design a new aircraft? Why is it that shape? What is under the skin? … of value to undergraduate and graduate aeronautical enginnering students and professionals working in the aerospace industry.' Air International

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A well-illustrated and accessible introduction to the fundamentals of civil and military aircraft design providing an insight into the requirements of specialists in a design team. Suitable for undergraduate and graduate aeronautical engineering students, it will be a valuable reference for professionals.

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Unfortunately I had very high hopes regarding this book, but after reading through it I felt that it is just like a bunch of lecture notes, the book still need to be put in a more better order and need to be refined to be in a better form in addition to it too expensive in price in relation to the presented material in the book. I see that more detailed technical material needs to be discussed in addition to better technical pictures to be added to it, I would recommend instead the AIAA book by Raymer.
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Brilliant service, quick reliable, book is in excellent condition! Well worth all the star ratings, I can only recommend. Looking forward to future purchases!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By holani on 23 Dec. 2010
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Great book. simple text and perfectly organized. more color photos would have been better. Look forward for the next updated edition.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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By Charles Grayson - Published on
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I consider this book to be a rough draft for a much larger book to come (I hope). The author just skims lightly through vast numbers of subjects, so that anyone who knows anything about airplanes will learn nothing new. Yet it isn't written on a basic enough level to have much to offer someone who knows nothing.
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Practical guide to aircraft design 2 April 2000
By earl reyes - Published on
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Many aircraft design books detail the 'how' of aircraft design. For example, determining the stall characteristics of a conceptual aircraft design. John Flemings' book introduces the 'why' of the aircraft design process. This book is a perfect companion to other aircraft design texts, like 'Aircraft Design-a conceptual approach' by Daniel Raymer
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A Useful, If Brief, Introduction To Aircraft Design 23 Feb. 2011
By Robert I. Hedges - Published on
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"Introduction to Aircraft Design" is a very brief introduction to a very large subject. The book is quite Cranfield-centric, and provides a distinctly British viewpoint. That's not a criticism, it's an observation: most of the examples cited in the book revolve around British aircraft, including some extremely rare models (BAe Tornado, BAe Hawk, BAe Nimrod, Saunders-Roe Princess, etc.) I found that somewhat interesting, though the disadvantage for readers new to the field is that the example aircraft will not be well known to them.

The book is relatively easy to read and does contain good information; the problem is that it is frequently unfocused. Exclusive of the extensive appendices the text is only 178 pages long, which is quite brief for a book on such an all-encompassing subject. Diversions into esoteric areas such as missile guidance, V/STOL, and the Hermes Spaceplane seem misguided given the limited length of this book; frequently a new subject is introduced, but after getting the reader interested the author simply moves onto something else, making for a frustrating and distracting reading experience.

My favorite chapters from the book are chapter six "What's Under the Skin? - Airframe systems," which provides a good basic introduction to aircraft systems architecture, and chapter eleven, "What Can Go Wrong? - Some lessons from past aircraft projects, and a glimpse into the future," which describes the pitfalls of aircraft design illustrated with extremely relevant examples. The appendices themselves are very good, and contain more concise data-driven (and mathematical) information than most of the text. This book is suitable for use in accompaniment with other texts for an introductory undergraduate course on aircraft development, but is too basic for engineering or graduate study. It is also suitable for reading outside an academic environment if the goal is a basic understanding of the aircraft design process.
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Skimming the Surface 25 Mar. 2006
By David J. Sullivan-nightengale - Published on
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This book is a very general view from a very British perspective. I don't think it belongs in Embry-Riddle's graduate programs because it does not meet the needs of experienced professionals. As an undergraduate overview of the systems design process, it is good. However, the author does not even touch helicopters, seaplanes, or lighter-than-air-technology. So, the book would be more aptly named "Introduction to Airplane Design."

Some of his information on armament systems is grossly inaccurate. Furthermore, the systems design process section does not reflect the current state of the art in the discipline of Systems Engineering. I expect improvement in the next edition and hope the author makes more of an effort to talk to engineers on the other side of the pond.
Appendices are the Best Part 19 Feb. 2007
By Richard J. Gould - Published on
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I agree with one of the other reviewers, that this book is rather brief in its content, but if one takes it for he introduction book that it is, then one understands why there is little detailed info.

The appendices are pretty robust though, and have some good tables with lots of hard-to-find info. There are appendices with formulas, scientific data, formula, conversionss, and there are tables with aircraft parameters and statisitics.

The author is obviously a Brit and uses examples from Cranfield's past research as many examples used in the book.

This book was required for Embry-Riddle's ASCI-603 Aircraft & Spacecraft Development.

If you are serious about a book on aircraft design, and you really want to know what you'll need to know, or are serious about the field, save your money and get Dan Raymer's Aircraft Development: A Conceptual Approach (4th ed.). It's more expensive, but fatter than a Bible and practically a Bible in itself for the field of aircraft design.
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