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Aerodynamics for Naval Aviators (PDF)

Posted by on December 19, 2010 5 Comments Category : Flight Instructor Blog Tags :

About a year ago I did a search for “Aerodynamics for Naval Aviators PDF” and was amazed when my search turned up zero relevant results.  Here is a text produced by the US Navy and referenced by several FAA training documents and completely unavailable unless you purchased a copy from a private publisher!  Well, after a very lengthy (and costly) FOIA request, I finally have “Aerodynamics for Naval Aviators” as a PDF and now available to you here for free.  Enjoy!   Here is some information about this book:


The purpose of this textbook is to present the elements of applied aerodynamics and aeronautical engineering which relate directly to the problems of flying operations. All Naval Aviators possess a natural interest in the basic aerodynamic factors which affect the performance of all aircraft. Due to the increasing complexity of modern aircraft, this natural interest must be applied to develop a sound understanding of basic engineering principles and an appreciation of some of the more advanced problems of aerodynamics and engineering. The safety and effectiveness of flying operations will depend greatly on the understanding and appreciation of how and why an airplane flies. The principles of aerodynamics will provide the foundations for developing exacting and precise flying techniques and operational procedures. The content of this textbook has been arranged to provide as complete as possible a reference for all phases of flying in Naval Aviation. Hence, the text material is applicable to the problems of flight training, transition training, and general flying operations. The manner of presentation throughout the text has been designed to provide the elements of both theory and application and will allow either directed or unassisted study. As a result, the text material will be applicable to supplement formal class lectures and briefings and provide reading material as a background for training and flying operations. Much of the specialized mathematical detail of aerodynamics has been omitted wherever it was considered unnecessary in the field of flying operations. Also, many of the basic assumptions and limitations of certain parts of aerodynamic theory have been omitted for the sake of simplicity and clarity of presentation. In order to contend with these specific shortcomings, the Naval Aviator should rely on the assistance of certain specially qualified individuals within Naval Aviation. For example, graduate aeronautical engineers, graduates of the Test Pilot Training School at the Naval Air Test Center, graduates of the Naval Aviation Safety Officers Course, and technical representatives of the manufacturers are qualified to assist in interpreting and applying the more difficult parts of aerodynamics and aeronautical engineering. To be sure, the specialized qualifications of these individuals should be utilized wherever possible.

The majority of aircraft accidents are due to some type of error of the pilot. This fact has been true in the past and, unfortunately, most probably will be true in the future. Each Naval Aviator should strive to arm himself with knowledge, training, and exacting, professional attitudes and techniques. The fundamentals of aerodynamics as presented in this text will provide the knowledge and background for safe and effective flying operations. The flight handbooks for the aircraft will provide the particular techniques, procedures, and operating data which are necessary for each aircraft. Diligent study and continuous training are necessary to develop the professional skills and techniques for successful flying operations.

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  1. Jon Bryan on Dec 10, 2011

    Glad to finally find this in PDF! Just yesterday I found and bought an original edition. This is an invaluable resource. Thanks for providing this!

  2. Mike Billman on May 20, 2012

    Here is a link to the flight training manuals that all US Navy student naval aviators use in navy training.


  3. John Pardillo on Nov 21, 2012

    Perhaps not found when you searched but this is now in the FAA online library:

  4. ZXX on Dec 16, 2012

    I do not believe it usable for mee,, but an exciting material!

  5. Gary on Oct 18, 2014


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