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Powering the World's Airliners (Hardback)

Engine Developments from the Propeller to the Jet Age

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By Reiner Decher
Imprint: Air World
Pages: 218
Illustrations: 95
ISBN: 9781526759146
Published: 16th March 2020



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The first efforts of man to fly were limited by his ability to generate sufficient power to lift a heavier-than-air machine off the ground. Propulsion and thrust have therefore been the most fundamental elements in the development of aircraft engines.

From the simple propellers of the first airliners of the 1920s and 1930s, to the turboprops and turbojets of the modern era, the engines used in airliners have undergone dramatic development over a century of remarkable change. These advances are examined in detail by aeronautical engineer and author Reiner Decher, who provides a layman’s guide to the engines that have, and continue to, power the aircraft which carry millions of travellers across millions of miles each year.

Reiner Decher also looks at the development of aero engines during the Second World War and how that conflict drove innovation. He also explains the nature of wing design and how they provide lift and of the considerations of airflow over their surfaces, from the early days of the twentieth century to the present.

To enable an easy understanding of this intriguing subject, Powering the World's Airliners is profusely illustrated, transporting readers back to the time of each major development and introducing them to the key individuals of the aero industry in each era.

After reading this comprehensive yet engaging story of the machines that power the aircraft in which we fly, no journey will ever seem quite the same again.

The one subject in aviation history to rarely appear in a single volume is that of the essential power plant. This new book under the expanding Air World imprint provides a comprehensive guide to the development of aircraft engines from the first propeller planes to jet aircraft – Most Highly Recommended.

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This book will be enjoyed by the enthusiast looking for more in-depth information on their subject and I would also recommend it to first year university students studying aeronautics or similar to give them a good starting level in propulsion.

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Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I received an arc of this title from NetGalley for an honest review. I love all things airplanes so I was thrilled to get such an in-depth book about airliners. While I did not read it page for page, there is a plethora of information in here and I can't wait to get my hands on a physical copy.

NetGalley, Tara Hutson

The clear and authoritative text explains the basics of aerodynamics too and the interesting aspects of structure/engine integration. A good selection of photographs and schemes integrate a really well produced book.

JP4, May 2020 - reviewed by Marco De Montis

About Reiner Decher

REINER DECHER’s father was an engineer, who worked on jet engines in Germany, France, and finally in the United States. Exposure to his father’s career led Reiner to complete a doctorate in aeronautical engineering at MIT and spend a career teaching and undertaking research at the University of Washington in Seattle. His academic focus was on aerodynamics, propulsion, and energy conversion. Industrial experiences include the AVCO-Everett Research Laboratory and The Boeing Company in the Propulsion Research Group.

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