Airflow examines and describes the many ways in which modellers and practitioners of a wide range of hobbies and sports (even cricket!) can understand and confront, harness and exploit the physical properties of wind and air.
The book’s admirable breadth and depth offers something not only for students of many science and technical subjects, but also to the hobbyists and disciples of ‘alternative energy’. The book will be of particular interest to the increasing number of people who are hooked on the thrill and excitement of sports such as yachting, aeromodelling, ballooning, car racing, parachuting, kite flying, boomerang throwing, hang gliding, soaring in sailplanes and power flying.
Contents: The force of the wind; The atmosphere; Streamlining; Sailing; Power from the wind; Boomerangs; Spin bowling; Kites; Parachutes; Aeroplanes; Gliders; Helicopters; Rockets; Jet propulsion; Supersonic flight; The future; Glossary.
The author Martin Simons, MA, MEd, BSc is a retired university lecturer and lifelong model aeroplane enthusiast. For nearly sixty years he has been actively involved in designing, building and flying models of all kinds, including full-scale sailplanes. His body of work includes Model Aircraft Aerodynamics and Model Flight which are standard texts on aerodynamic theory for aviation hobbyists.
Originally published in Australia in 1984 by AE Press
First published in the UK by Nexus Special Interests Ltd in 1998
236 x 189 mm; 144 pages
54 black & white photographs
146 line drawings