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Stick and Rudder

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Stick and Rudder: An Explanation of the Art of Flying was the first exact analysis of the art of flying ever attempted. It has been continuously in print for decades, and has enjoyed steadily increasing sales. Flight instructors have found that the book does indeed explain important phases of the art of flying, in a way the learner can use. It shows precisely what the pilot does when he flies, just how he does it, and why.

When Stick and Rudder first came out, some of its contents were considered highly controversial. In recent years its formulations have become widely accepted. Pilots and flight instructors have found that the book works.

Stick and Rudder: An Explanation of the Art of Flying explains precisely what pilots do when they fly, just how they do it, and why. These basics are largely unchanging. The book applies to large airplanes and small, old airplanes and new, and is of interest not only to the learner but also to the accomplished pilot and instructor. Today, several excellent manuals offer the pilot accurate and valuable technical information. But Stick and Rudder remains the leading think-book on the art of flying.

One thorough reading of it should be the equivalent of many hours of practice.


  • The invisible secret of all heavier-than-air flight: the Angle of Attack. 
  • Why airplanes stall.
  • The landing approach.
  • The visual clues by which an experienced pilot unconsciously judges: how you can quickly learn to use them.
  • "The Spot that does not move."
  • The elevator and the throttle.
  • The paradox of the glide.
  • What's the rudder for?
  • How a turn is flown.
  • The landing--how it's made.
  • The "tail-dragger" landing gear and what's tricky about it.
  • The tricycle landing gear and what's so good about it.
  • Why the airplane doesn't feel the wind.
  • Why the airplane usually flies a little sidewise.

Plus: a chapter on Air Accidents by Leighton Collins, founder and editor of AIR FACTS. His analyses of aviation's safety problems have deeply influenced pilots and aeronautical engineers and have contributed to the benign characteristics of today's airplane.

Other Information

Manufacturer McGraw Hill
Author Wolfgang Langewiesche
ISBN-10 0070362408
ISBN-13 9780070362406
Pages 390

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