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REFERENCE MATERIALS: AERONAUTICS E-BOOKS
An image of an ebook reader with the X-15: Extending the Frontiers of Flight cover. Many of the biggest achievements in aeronautics research are chronicled in books rich with detail, personal stories, surprising twists of fate and revolutionary discoveries that have influenced the experience of flight for millions of people.

These books are now being converted for download and use on digital reading devices such as the Kindle™, SONY® Reader and the nook™.

To use, download the file to your computer and then drag and drop onto your reading device.

Hard copies are typically available 8-10 weeks after the e-book posting. If you cannot find the book at your local bookseller, it might be available through either the U.S. Government Printing Office or through NASA Headquarters' Information Center.
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BOOKS AVAILABLE NOW


A New Twist in Flight Research: The F-18 Active Aeroelastic Wing Project book cover. A New Twist in Flight Research: The F-18 Active Aeroelastic Wing Project NEW!
by Peter W. Merlin

(posted February 6, 2014)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Air Force, and industry researchers are using wing-shaping techniques that emulate the flexibility of bird wings to develop flight controls for 21st-century airplanes.

In the first step toward these goals, a joint effort by NASA, Air Force, and Boeing researchers resulted in an AAW test bed that eventually came to be known as the X-53. A modified F-18 jet fighter served as a test bed for AAW technology.

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Thinking Obliquely book cover. Sweeping Forward: Developing & Flight Testing the Grumman X-29A Forward Swept Wing Research Aircraft
by Frederick A. Johnsen

(posted November 6, 2013)
The X-29 was an unusual aircraft with a truly unique silhouette. It combined many features that challenged the technologies of its day and represented special problems for the developers and the team of testers responsible for documenting its features and design goals. This book is a look at the "big picture" of what this team accomplished in a relatively fast-paced test program involving the truly unique X-29.

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Thinking Obliquely book cover. Thinking Obliquely: Robert T. Jones, the Oblique Wing, NASA's AD-1 Demonstrator, and its Legacy
by Bruce I. Larrimer

(posted August 15, 2013)
This book tells the story of the NASA Oblique Wing Research Aircraft. Most aircraft have straight wings or slightly swept back wings, but what if an aircraft had one wing swept forward and the other swept back? Conceived by a NASA engineer, R.T. Jones, the oblique wing concept was tested from 1976 through 1982 with the promise of improved aerodynamic efficiency over standard configurations.This volume highlights the steps leading to the flight of the test vehicle and the lessons learned regarding novel vehicle concepts.

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Quieting the Boom book cover. Quieting the Boom: The Shaped Sonic Boom Demonstrator and the Quest for Quiet Supersonic Flight
by Lawrence R. Benson

(posted August 2, 2013)
This book tells the stories of the people, organizations and a unique vehicle involved with an intensive set of flight demonstrations that proved altering an aircraft's shape could lower the intensity of sonic booms. The Shaped Sonic Boom Demonstrator culminated four decades of study on mitigating the strength of sonic booms, contributing to current research that could  someday lead to commercial supersonic flight over land.

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Crash Course book cover. Crash Course: Lessons Learned from Accidents Involving Remotely Piloted and Autonomous Aircraft
by Peter W. Merlin

(posted March 15, 2013)
This volume contains an investigation of remotely piloted research vehicle (RPRV) and unmanned aircraft system (UAS) mishaps and will examine their causes, consequences, resultant corrective actions, and lessons learned. Most undesired outcomes usually do not occur because of a single event, but rather from a series of events and actions involving equipment malfunctions and/or human factors. This book comprises a series of case studies focusing mostly on accidents and incidents involving experimental aircraft. The information provided should be of use to flight-test organizations, aircraft operators, educators, and students, among others. These lessons are not unique to the UAS environment and are also applicable to human aviation and space flight activities. Common elements include crew resource management, training, mission planning issues, management and programmatic pressures (e.g., schedule, budget, resources), cockpit/control station design, and other factors.

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Coming Home book cover. Coming Home: Reentry and Recovery from Space
by Roger D. Launius and Dennis R. Jenkins

(posted December 11, 2012)
The technologies for the reentry and recovery from space might change over time, but the challenge remains one of the most important and vexing in the rigorous efforts to bring spacecraft and their crews and cargo home successfully. Returning to Earth after a flight into space is a fundamental challenge, and contributions from the NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate in aerodynamics, thermal protection, guidance and control, stability, propulsion, and landing systems have proven critical to the success of the human space flight and other space programs. Without this base of fundamental and applied research, the capability to fly into space would not exist.

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A portion of the Dressing for Altitude book. Dressing for Altitude: U.S. Aviation Pressure Suits—Wiley Post to Space Shuttle
by Dennis Jenkins

(posted August 31, 2012)
NASA has published a colorful, picture-filled book that details the development and use of the protective clothing worn by test pilots, astronauts and others as they soar through the rarified atmosphere high above the Earth.

Dressing for Altitude: U.S. Aviation Pressure Suits – Wiley Post to Space Shuttle provides within its 526 pages an extensive survey of the partial- and full-pressure suits designed to keep humans alive at the edge of space since their first use during the years before World War II.

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Cover of the Breaking the Mishap Chain book. Breaking the Mishap Chain: Human Factors Lessons Learned from Aerospace Accidents and Incidents in Research, Flight Test, and Development
by Peter W. Merlin, Gregg A. Bendrick, and Dwight A. Holland

(posted June 2012)
This volume contains a collection of case studies of mishaps involving experimental aircraft, aerospace vehicles, and spacecraft in which human factors played a significant role. In all cases the engineers involved, the leaders and managers, and the operators (i.e., pilots and astronauts) were supremely qualified and by all accounts superior performers. Such accidents and incidents rarely resulted from a single cause but were the outcome of a chain of events in which altering at least one element might have prevented disaster. As such, this work is most certainly not an anthology of blame. It is offered as a learning tool so that future organizations, programs, and projects may not be destined to repeat the mistakes of the past. These lessons were learned at high material and personal costs and should not be lost to the pages of history.

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Cover of the Technical Memorandums Paper. Aeronautics Collection of Technical Memorandums
Select Technologies That Have Shaped Modern Aviation
by Clayton J. Bargsten and Malcolm T. Gibson

(posted September 2011)
This collection of short papers provides a helpful account of the development of a number of key aviation technologies: chevron nozzles, winglets, composite structures, ADS-B, synthetic vision systems and FACET. These technologies were chosen to demonstrate the diversity and profound impact NASA has had, and will forever have, on the aviation industry.

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Cover for the NASA Contributions to Aeronautics book. "NASA's Contributions to Aeronautics, Volume 2"
Edited by Richard P. Hallion

(posted September 2010)
The second volume includes case studies and essays on NACA-NASA research for contributions including wind shear and lightning research, flight operations, human factors, wind tunnels, composite structures, general aviation aircraft safety, supersonic cruise aircraft research and atmospheric icing.

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Cover for the NASA Contributions to Aeronautics book. "NASA's Contributions to Aeronautics, Volume 1"
Edited by Richard P. Hallion

(posted August 2010)
Since its creation, NASA has steadily advanced flight within the atmosphere, repeatedly influencing aviation's evolution by extending the rich legacy of its predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, or NACA. This first volume in a two-volume set includes case studies and essays on NACA-NASA research for contributions such as high-speed wing design, the area rule, rotary-wing aerodynamics research, sonic boom mitigation, hypersonic design, computational fluid dynamics, electronic flight control and environmentally friendly aircraft technology.

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Modeling Flight cover "Modeling Flight"
by Joseph R. Chambers

(posted July 2010)
For years, NASA has used subscale models of aircraft to test how they would perform at full size. In fact, since the 1920s during the days of the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics, scientists have continually refined testing techniques including building and using new facilities, making models more sophisticated and learning how to best interpret the results. Using these techniques, NASA has made many contributions to a broad range of aircraft including general aviation, fighters, civil transports, lifting bodies, reentry capsules, parawing vehicles, and supersonic transports. This book describes the issues that must be considered when transferring subscale results to full-scale application, and reviews results obtained in historically significant aircraft programs conducted at NASA's Langley Research Center, NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, and NASA's Ames Research Center.

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NASA Langley Research Center’s Boeing 737 test aircraft on the ramp at Orlando International Airport after a day of flight tests. "Apollo of Aeronautics: NASA's Aircraft Energy Efficiency Program, 1973-1987"
by Mark D. Bowles

(posted April 2010)
The fuel crisis of the 1970s threatened not only the airline industry but also the future of American prosperity itself. It also served as the genesis of technological ingenuity and innovation from a group of scientists and engineers at NASA, who initiated planning exercises to explore new fuel-saving technologies. What emerged was a series of technologically daring aeronautical programs with the potential to reduce by an astonishing 50 percent the amount of fuel used by the nation's commercial and military aircraft.

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Ikhana Monograph cover "Ikhana: Unmanned Aircraft System, Western States Fire Missions"
by Peter W. Merlin

(posted January 2010)
The story of the Ikhana, a remotely piloted vehicle used by NASA researchers to conduct Earth science research and which became an unexpected flying and imaging helper to emergency workers battling California wildfires.

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NASA test pilot William H. Dana standing in front of the X-15. "X-15: Extending the Frontiers of Flight"
by Dennis R. Jenkins

(posted December 2009)
The X-15 was the ultimate "X" vehicle. Built in the 1950s, she became the fastest and highest-flying winged aircraft of its time. During 199 flights from 1959 through 1968, she collected data about hypersonic flight that was invaluable to aeronautics and to developers of the space shuttle. This book describes the genesis of the program, the design and construction of the aircraft, years of research flights and the experiments that flew aboard them.

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