The books below all come highly recommended by AeroToolbox and are perfect if you want to further your study in a particular aeronautical field.*

Illustrated Guide to Aerodynamics

Aerodynamic theory is a difficult subject to master, primarily due to the complicated mathematical formulae and abstract physical concepts traditionally presented in aerodynamic textbooks. The Illustrated Guide to Aerodynamics provides an excellent introduction to aircraft aerodynamics by avoiding technical jargon and complex calculations. Easy to read and a great book for pilots!

Fundamentals of Aerodynamics

A very comprehensive aerodynamics textbook designed for engineering students. A very readable and up-to-date book that looks at both the theoretical and physical background of aerodynamics. Prescribed reading at many tertiary institutions.

Airplane Design Part 1

Written by the legendary Dr. Jan Roskam, this is the first book in a series of eight volumes on airplane design. Part 1 is concerned with preliminary aircraft sizing, weight estimation, wing area, lift and thrust required, sizing for stall, field performance and cruise performance. Essential reading for students and practicing engineers alike.

Airplane Design Part 6

Part six in the eight part series on aircraft design. This practical reference covers all aspects of aerodynamic, thrust, and power characteristics including airplane lift and drag estimation, pitching moments, installed thrust and stability and control derivatives.

Fluid Mechanics

Fluid Mechanics by Frank White is aimed at engineering students and offers a clear and comprehensive presentation of the subject. This is a prescribed textbook in many undergraduate engineering classes and will become a useful resource to the owner long after graduation.

Theory of Wing Sections

This book is an essential part of any aerodynamicist’s collection and provides a concise compilation of the subsonic aerodynamics characteristics of modern NASA wing sections together with a description of their geometry and associated theory. A wonderful reference book for engineers and students alike.

Aircraft Structures

Still relevant decades after its 1950 publication, this legendary reference text on aircraft stress analysis is considered the best book on the subject. It emphasizes basic structural theory, which remains unchanged with the development of new materials and construction methods, and the application of the elementary principles of mechanics to the analysis of aircraft structures.

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