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Author Alexander, David E., 1955- author.

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

Published New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, ©2009.


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource (xiv, 278 pages) : illustrations
Series Books at JSTOR Evidence Based Acquisitions
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.
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.
Language notes English.
Other author JSTOR issuing body.
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.
Electronic books.
Electronic books -- Popular works.
Popular works.
Electronic book.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9780813548616 (electronic bk.)
0813548616 (electronic bk.)