Mechanics of Flight

Mechanics of Flight (10th Edition)

In Book Reviews by Hoani Bryson

  • A. C. Kermode, R. H. Barnard, D. R. Philpott
  • Mechanics
  • Tertiary Student
  • 500 pages



For someone who hadn’t studied mechanics since my first year at Uni, the idea of learning about flight dynamics was a bit daunting. Luckily this book held my hand through chapter one where it reminds the reader of all the mechanics needed to tackle the on-coming chapters.

Covering subsonic flow, airfoil (aka. aerofoil) designs, thrust mechanics, flight maneuvers, the transonic, supersonic and space flight, there is a lot of content to get through. Some of the chapters (eg. gliding) can be a bit slow to get though — especially when the author constantly reminds you about supersonic flight coming up. However, if you ever wanted to fly model planes, or know whether crash scenes in WWII movies are legit or not, this book provides the necessary groundwork.

The author is funny and describes things in a way that is easy to understand.

Ten out of ten!