The Propeller under the Bed

A Personal History of Homebuilt Aircraft
Author: Eileen A. Bjorkman
Publisher: University of Washington Press
ISBN: 0295741457
Category: Transportation
Page: 224
View: 4175

On July 25, 2010, Arnold Ebneter flew across the country in a plane he designed and built himself, setting an aviation world record for aircraft of its class. He was eighty-two at the time and the flight represented the culmination of a dream he�d cultivated since his childhood in the 1930s. Eileen Bjorkman � herself a pilot and aeronautical engineer � frames her father�s journey from teenage airplane enthusiast to Air Force pilot and Boeing engineer in the context of the rise, near extermination, and ongoing interest in homebuilt aircraft in the United States. She gives us a glimpse into life growing up in a �flying family� with two pilots for parents, a family plane named Charlie, and quite literally, a propeller under her parents� bed. From early airplane designs serialized in magazines to the annual Oshkosh Fly-in where you can see experimental aircraft on display, Bjorkman offers a personal take on the history of building something in your garage that you can actually (and legally) fly as well as how the homebuilt aircraft movement has contributed to aviation and innovation in America. Watch the book trailer:

American Flying Boats and Amphibious Aircraft

An Illustrated History
Author: E.R. Johnson
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9780786457083
Category: Transportation
Page: 384
View: 7461

This work is a comprehensive, heavily illustrated history of the many flying boats and amphibious aircraft designed and built in the United States. It is divided into three chronological sections: the early era (1912–1928), the golden era (1928–1945), and the post-war era (1945–present), with historical overviews of each period. Within each section, individual aircraft types are listed in alphabetical order by manufacturer or builder, with historical background, technical specifications, drawings, and one or more photographs. Appendices cover lesser known flying boat and amphibian types as well as various design concepts that never achieved the flying stage.

The Power for Flight

NASA's Contributions to Aircraft Propulsion
Author: Jeremy R. Kinney
Publisher: Government Printing Office
ISBN: 9781626830370
Category: Airplanes
Page: 302
View: 6498

The NACA and aircraft propulsion, 1915-1958 -- NASA gets to work, 1958-1975 -- The shift toward commercial aviation, 1966-1975 -- The quest for propulsive efficiency, 1976-1989 -- Propulsion control enters the computer era, 1976-1998 -- Transiting to a new century, 1990-2008 -- Toward the future

Birds from Hell

History of the B-29
Author: Wilbur H. Morrison
Publisher: N.A
Category: History
Page: 274
View: 1447

Flying the Frontiers

Naca and Nasa Experimental Aircraft
Author: Arthur Pearcy
Publisher: Naval Inst Press
Category: History
Page: 200
View: 1799

Looks at the history of research done by NASA and its predecessor, NACA, and describes the Bell XS-1 rocket plane, VTOL aircraft, the YF-12 high-altitude aircraft, and space shuttle prototypes

The Bird Is on the Wing

Aerodynamics and the Progress of the American Airplane
Author: James R. Hansen
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
ISBN: 9781585442430
Category: Science
Page: 273
View: 7724

The airplane ranks as one of history’s most ingenious and phenomenal inventions—and surely one of the most world-shaking. How ideas about its aerodynamics first came together and how the science and technology evolved to forge the airplane into the revolutionary machine it became is the epic story James R. Hansen tells in The Bird Is on the Wing. Just as the airplane is a defining technology of the twentieth century, aerodynamics has been the defining element of the airplane. Hansen provides an engaging, easily understandable introduction to the role of aerodynamics in the design of such historic American aircraft as the DC-3, X-1, and 747. Recognizing the impact individuals have had on the development of the field, he conveys not only a history of aircraft technology, but also a collective biography of the scientists, engineers, and designers who created the airplanes. From da Vinci, whose understanding of what it took to fly was three centuries too early for practical use, to the invention of the airplane by the Wright brothers, Hansen explores the technological matrix from which aeronautical engineering emerged. He skillfully guides the reader through the development of such critical aerodynamic concepts as streamlining, flutter, laminar-flow airfoils, the mythical “sound barrier,” variable-sweep wing, supersonic cruise, blended body, and much more. Hansen’s explanation of how vocabulary and specifications were developed to fill the gap between the perceptions of pilots and the system of engineers will fascinate all those interested in how human beings have used aerodynamics to move among, and even beyond, birds on the wing.

The Dream Machine

The Untold History of the Notorious V-22 Osprey
Author: Richard Whittle
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1416563199
Category: History
Page: 464
View: 4301

WHEN THE MARINES decided to buy a helicopter-airplane hybrid “tiltrotor” called the V-22 Osprey, they saw it as their dream machine. The tiltrotor was the aviation equivalent of finding the Northwest Passage: an aircraft able to take off, land, and hover with the agility of a helicopter yet fly as fast and as far as an airplane. Many predicted it would reshape civilian aviation. The Marines saw it as key to their very survival. By 2000, the Osprey was nine years late and billions over budget, bedeviled by technological hurdles, business rivalries, and an epic political battle over whether to build it at all. Opponents called it one of the worst boondoggles in Pentagon history. The Marines were eager to put it into service anyway. Then two crashes killed twenty- three Marines. They still refused to abandon the Osprey, even after the Corps’ own proud reputation was tarnished by a national scandal over accusations that a commander had ordered subordinates to lie about the aircraft’s problems. Based on in-depth research and hundreds of interviews, The Dream Machine recounts the Marines’ quarter-century struggle to get the Osprey into combat. Whittle takes the reader from the halls of the Pentagon and Congress to the war zone of Iraq, from the engineer’s drafting table to the cockpits of the civilian and Marine pilots who risked their lives flying the Osprey—and sometimes lost them. He reveals the methods, motives, and obsessions of those who designed, sold, bought, flew, and fought for the tiltrotor. These stories, including never before published eyewitness accounts of the crashes that made the Osprey notorious, not only chronicle an extraordinary chapter in Marine Corps history, but also provide a fascinating look at a machine that could still revolutionize air travel.

The Experimental Experience

Building, Flying, and Maintaining an Experimental Airplane
Author: Richard Socash,Connie Socash
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781540343512
Page: 248
View: 1588

THE EXPERIMENTAL EXPERIENCE *** From the first rivet, to the first flight, and through the first five years of flying, The Experimental Experience story is told in 248 pages and more than 235 pictures, diagrams, and official forms. *** Whether you are already involved in building an airplane, seriously considering it, or just curious about what's involved, here's answers to many of the questions that come up. Every builder eventually learns much of what's in this book, and has his or her own set of experiences, but it sometimes can be a long and difficult process. Gathered together, in picture and text format, is a collection of ideas, experiences, and considerations relating to building an experimental airplane that come under the category of "Good things to know." Learn this information ahead of time to make the work more efficient, cost effective, and enjoyable. *** In this book, the authors take the reader through the steps involved, from considerations and decisions on building to the information gathering stages; through purchases and construction activities to the paperwork, inspections, and technicalities of making an airplane airworthy and legal to fly. Follow along through the initial flights, final checkouts, and the rewarding adventures in the air. And finally, learn about condition inspections and routine maintenance. Take a trip from the first rivet, to the first flight, and through the first five years of flying. *** Well over ten thousand experimental airplanes (homebuilts) have been built and are flown by individuals from all walks of life. The Experimental Experience talks about what's involved and what it takes. It's not a book on how to do it. Rather, it's a retelling of experiences and things to know that are part of the whole process. *** When one asks, "Could I build an airplane?," many thoughts come to mind. One starts to imagine what it would be like to carry out a project of this sort. There's feelings of doubt and the idea of a challenge, and most find themselves close to the starting point even after much thought and discussion. *** What tipped the authors to the "moving ahead side?" Getting rid of the fear of failing: If you are afraid of striking out, don't go up to bat. A healthy dose of practical wisdom: Unless you try something, you're forever destined to wonder, "What might have been?" *** For the authors, there was never a long considered goal of building an airplane and no eureka moment. The idea came from a chance happening, but once the seed was planted, it grew straight and strong. *** There are occasionally adventures in life that turn out better than expected. This was one of them.

Is War Necessary for Economic Growth?

Military Procurement and Technology Development
Author: Vernon W. Ruttan
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 019029325X
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 232
View: 3812

Military and defense-related procurement has been an important source of technology development across a broad spectrum of industries that account for an important share of United States industrial production. In this book, the author focuses on six general-purpose technologies: interchangeable parts and mass production; military and commercial aircraft; nuclear energy and electric power; computers and semiconductors; the INTERNET; and the space industries. In each of these industries, technology development would have occurred more slowly, and in some case much more slowly or not at all, in the absence of military and defense-related procurement. The book addresses three questions that have significant implications for the future growth of the United States economy. One is whether changes in the structure of the United States economy and of the defense-industrial base preclude military and defense-related procurement from playing the role in the development of advanced technology in the future, comparable to the role it has played in the past. A second question is whether public support for commercially oriented research and development will become an important source of new general-purpose technologies. A third and more disturbing question is whether a major war, or the threat of major war, will be necessary to mobilize the scientific, technical, and financial resources necessary to induce the development of new general-purpose technologies. When the history of United States technology development in the next half century is written, it will focus on incremental rather than revolutionary changes in both military and commercial technology. It will also be written within the context of slower productivity growth than of the relatively high rates that prevailed in the United States in the 1950s and 1960s or during the information technology bubble that began in the early 1990s. These will impose severe constraints on the capacity of the United States to sustain a global-class military posture and a position of leadership in the global economy.

Tiger Check

Automating the US Air Force Fighter Pilot in Air-to-Air Combat, 1950–1980
Author: Steven A. Fino
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 1421423278
Category: History
Page: 448
View: 2498

"The fielding of automated flight controls and weapons systems in fighter aircraft from 1950 to 1980 challenged the significance ascribed to several of the pilots' historical skillsets, such as superb hand-eye coordination--required for aggressive stick-and-rudder maneuvering--and perfect eyesight and crack marksmanship--required for long-range visual detection and destruction of the enemy. Highly automated systems would, proponents argued, simplify the pilot's tasks while increasing his lethality in the air, thereby opening fighter aviation to broader segments of the population. However, these new systems often required new, unique skills, which the pilots struggled to identify and develop. Moreover, the challenges that accompanied these technologies were not restricted to individual fighter cockpits, but rather extended across the pilots' tactical formations, altering the social norms that had governed the fighter pilot profession since its establishment. In the end, the skills that made a fighter pilot great in 1980 bore little resemblance to those of even thirty years prior, despite the precepts embedded within the "myth of the fighter pilot." As such, this history illuminates the rich interaction between human and machine that often accompanies automation in the workplace. It is broadly applicable to other enterprises confronting increased automation, from remotely piloted aviation to Google cars. It should appeal to those interested in the history of technology and automation, as well as the general population of military aviation enthusiasts."--Provided by publisher.

Aircraft and Submarines: The Story of the Invention, Development, and Present-Day Uses of War's Newest Weapons

Author: Willis John Abbot
Publisher: Library of Alexandria
ISBN: 1465504923
Page: 388
View: 5990

Early History of the Airplane

Author: Orville Wright,Wilbur Wright
Publisher: Seltzer Books via PublishDrive
ISBN: 1455447064
Category: Transportation
Page: 609
View: 4402

First-hand account of the invention of the airplane by Orville and Wilbur Wright.The book begins: "THOUGH the subject of aerial navigation is generally considered new, it has occupied the minds of men more or less from the earliest ages. Our personal interest in it dates from our childhood days. Late in the autumn of 1878 our father came into the house one evening with some object partly concealed in his hands, and before we could see what it was, he tossed it into the air. Instead of falling to the floor, as we expected, it flew across the room, till it struck the ceiling, where it fluttered awhile, and finally sank to the floor."

Never Land

Adventures, Wonder, and One World Record in a Very Small Plane
Author: W. Scott Olsen
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 0803230044
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 202
View: 4925

According to W. Scott Olsen, there are two reasons for flying. The first is just to get somewhere. The second has nothing to do with destination. It is this second reason, expressing our deepest curiosity and our longings for infinity, grace, and clarity, that Never Land explores. At once frankly philosophical and engagingly practical, the book combines accounts of touring in the air, the history of flight, the sensations of flying, and the technical acts and facts of navigating, piloting, lifting off, and landing.

Book of Flight

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Author: Judith E. Rinard
Publisher: Firefly Books Ltd
Category: Reference
Page: 128
View: 6282

The ultimate guide to the world of flight documents the extraordinary men and women who turned the dream of flying into a reality; brings to life the monumental milestones that changed our world forever, from the development of ballooning to the building of the International Space Station; and provides a wealth of photographs and illustrations that capture the development of flight. Simultaneous.

To Fly

The Story of the Wright Brothers
Author: Wendie C. Old,Robert Andrew Parker
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780618133475
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 48
View: 428

Beginning with Orville and Wilbur's childhood fascination with flight, brief, accessible chapters trace the work that the two Wright brothers did together to develop the first machine-powered aircraft.


Homebuilt Aircraft Sourcebook
Author: Don Purdy
Publisher: Access Publishers Network
ISBN: 9780963640963
Category: Airplanes, Home-built
Page: 480
View: 3892

A guide to building, outfitting and flying your own aircraft. There are specifications for more than 700 aircraft. The accompanying CD-ROM features: comparative performance graphing; a finance calculator; a search wizard; FAA regulations and advisory circulars; and a photo gallery and video.

The Aircraft Book

Author: Philip Whiteman
Publisher: DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley)
ISBN: 9781409364801
Category: Airplanes
Page: 320
View: 1361

An action-packed ride through the history of aircraft The Aircraft Book is all about the men, machines, and landmark technology behind the most iconic aircraft from the Supermarine Spitfire to the Concorde. Featuring over 1,000 of the greatest military and commercial aircraft in the world, this is an amazing visual guide tracing their evolution over the past 10 decades. A captivating, international view of aircraft through time from Germany's Zeppelins to the USA's 'Blackbird' with histories of how famous marques like Boeing and Lockheed came to be household names. Plus, go on a virtual tour inside the engines of some of the legendary planes to see just what powers their performance. The Aircraft Book is essential for aviation buffs, covering the enduring impact that aircraft has on society as an object of curiosity, a symbol of luxury, and an essential weapon of war.

Aircraft of World War I

Author: Jack Herris,Bob Pearson
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781906626662
Category: Airplanes, Military
Page: 192
View: 9596

Illustrated with detailed artworks of combat aircraft and their markings, 'The Essential Aircraft Identification Guide: Aircraft of WWI' is a comprehensive study of the aircraft that fought in the Great War of 1914-18. Arranged chronologically by theater of war and campaign, this book offers a complete organizational breakdown of the units on all the fronts, including the Eastern and Italian Fronts. Each campaign includes a compact history of the role and impact of aircraft on the course of the conflict, as well as orders of battle, lists of commanders and campaign aces such as Manfred von Richtofen, Eddie Rickenbacker, Albert Ball and many more.Every type of aircraft is featured, including the numerous variations and types of well-known models, such as the Fokker Dr.I, the Sopwith Camel and the SPAD SVII, through to lesser-known aircraft, such as the Rumpler C.1, and the Amstrong Whitworth FK8. Each aircraft profile is accompanied by exhaustive specifications, as well as details of individual and unit markings. Packed with more than 200 color profiles of every major type of combat aircraft from the era, 'The Essential Aircraft Identification Guide: Aircraft of WWI' is an essential reference guide for modelers, military historians and aircraft enthusiasts.

River Sedimentation

Proceedings of the 13th International Symposium on River Sedimentation (Stuttgart, Germany, 19-22 September, 2016)
Author: Silke Wieprecht,Stefan Haun,Karolin Weber,Markus Noack,Kristina Terheiden
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 1317225317
Category: Science
Page: 282
View: 1172

Sediment dynamics in fluvial systems is of great ecological, economic and human-health-related significance worldwide. Appropriate management strategies are therefore needed to limit maintenance costs as well as minimize potential hazards to the aquatic and adjacent environments. Human intervention, ranging from nutrient/pollutant release to physical modifications, has a large impact on sediment quantity and quality and thus on river morphology as well as on ecological functioning. Truly understanding sediment dynamics requires as a consequence a multidisciplinary approach. River Sedimentation contains the peer-reviewed scientific contributions presented at the 13th International Symposium on River Sedimentation (ISRS 2016, Stuttgart, Germany, 19-22 September 2016), and includes recent accomplishments in theoretical developments, numerical modelling, experimental laboratory work, field investigations and monitoring as well as management methodologies. The book is divided into six topics: A - Integrated sediment management at the river basin scale B - Sediment transport C - River morphodynamics D - Hydromorphology meets ecology E - Reservoir sustainability F - Social, economic and political aspects of sediment management The book also includes five special topics: 1 - Hydropower and sediment management, 2 - Navigation and river morphology, 3 - Innovative measurement techniques, 4 - SEDITRANS – Sediment transport in fluvial, estuarine and coastal environment, 5 - Sustainable land management. The aforementioned subject areas will be of interest to academics, engineers and professionals.

Luftwaffe X-Planes

German Experimental Aircraft of World War II
Author: Manfred Griehl
Publisher: Frontline Books
ISBN: 1473896991
Category: History
Page: 80
View: 9321

From jet planes and high altitude aircraft to radar-equipped fighters configured to deliver chemical weapons, numerous Luftwaffe planes were designed and reached prototype stage but never made it into mass production or battle. Luftwaffe X Planes is a def