Flight Craft 8: Mikoyan MiG-31

Defender of the Homeland

Flight Craft 8: Mikoyan MiG-31

The MiG-31 started life as an advanced derivative of the famous MiG-25P interceptor, becoming the first Soviet fourth-generation combat aircraft. First flown in 1975, it differed from its progenitor primarily in having a crew of two (pilot and weapons systems operator), a highly capable passive phased-array radar _ a world first _ and new R-33 long-range missiles as its primary armament. The maximum speed was an impressive Mach 2.82, the cruising speed being Mach 2.35. The type entered service in 1981; more than 500 copies were built between 1981 and 1994. The powerful radar and other avionics allowed the MiG-31 to operate as a 'mini-AWACS' scanning the airspace and guiding other interceptors to their targets; a flight of three such aircraft in line abreast formation could cover a strip 800 km (500 miles) wide. To this day the MiG-31 remains one of the key air defence assets of the Russian Air Force. The book describes the MiG-31's developmental history, including upgrade programmes, and features a full and comprehensive survey of the various MiG-31 model-making kits currently available on the market.

Introduction to Aerospace Engineering with a Flight Test Perspective

Introduction to Aerospace Engineering with a Flight Test Perspective

Comprehensive textbook which introduces the fundamentals of aerospace engineering with a flight test perspective Introduction to Aerospace Engineering with a Flight Test Perspective is an introductory level text in aerospace engineering with a unique flight test perspective. Flight test, where dreams of aircraft and space vehicles actually take to the sky, is the bottom line in the application of aerospace engineering theories and principles. Designing and flying the real machines are often the reasons that these theories and principles were developed. This book provides a solid foundation in many of the fundamentals of aerospace engineering, while illuminating many aspects of real-world flight. Fundamental aerospace engineering subjects that are covered include aerodynamics, propulsion, performance, and stability and control. Key features: Covers aerodynamics, propulsion, performance, and stability and control. Includes self-contained sections on ground and flight test techniques. Includes worked example problems and homework problems. Suitable for introductory courses on Aerospace Engineering. Excellent resource for courses on flight testing. Introduction to Aerospace Engineering with a Flight Test Perspective is essential reading for undergraduate and graduate students in aerospace engineering, as well as practitioners in industry. It is an exciting and illuminating read for the aviation enthusiast seeking deeper understanding of flying machines and flight test.

MiG Aircraft Since 1937

MiG Aircraft Since 1937

This popular and highly-acclaimed series includes an abundance of photos, accurate line drawings, fascinating evaluations of aircraft design, and complete histories of aircraft manufacturers.

U. S. Marines in the Gulf War 1990-1991

Liberating Kuwait

U. S. Marines in the Gulf War 1990-1991

Liberating Kuwait is the official history of U.S. Marine Corps operations during the 1990-1991 Gulf War with Iraq. It covers such topics as Marines in the embassies in Kuwait and Iraq, Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, the Battle of al-Khafji, the liberation of Kuwait, and the amphibious feint. Contains 24 color maps and numerous black and white and color photographs.

Russia Air Force Handbook

Russia Air Force Handbook

Russia Air Force Handbook

The Times Aviators

A History in Photographs

The Times Aviators

On the 17th of December 1903 the world changed forever. The first powered flight by the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina ushered in the era of powered flight, which has transformed and shaped all aspects of modern life. To mark the centenary of this momentous event, this text presents a photographic history of aviation, from the failed attempts at flying machines at the end of the 19th century, such as Lilienthal's glider, through the Wright brothers themselves and on to the pioneers who spread aviation throughout the world. It provides coverage of: Louis Bleriot's first flight across the Channel in 1909; the first transatlantic crossing in 1919 by Alcock and Whitten Brown; and Amy Johnson's first flight to Australia in 1930. It examines the rise of the first passenger airlines in the 1920s, too, and chronicles the beginnings of the jet era in the 1940s. The rise of great commercial airliners such as the Jumbo Jet, Concorde and the Airbus are also dealt with to give a comprehensive account of a century of powered flight.

Jane's All the World's Aircraft

Jane's All the World's Aircraft

Jane's All the World's Aircraft sets the standard in aviation reference. It provides exhaustive technical detail on over 1,000 civil and military aircraft currently being produced or under development by more than 560 companies. Photographs and line drawings aid recognition and comparison, giving you the ability to evaluate competitors, recognise trends in aerospace development, identify potential buyers and select business partners. You can check key specifi cations for any aircraft, including dimensions, performance, structure, landing gear, power plants and armaments. In addition, there are details of the world's aircraft manufacturers and their programmes, so you can identify key contracts, production rates, customers and order backlogs.

David Perry on Game Design

A Brainstorming Toolbox

David Perry on Game Design

Presents a collection of ready-to-use ideas to create computer and video games, with information on game types, storyline creation, character development, weapons and armor, game worlds, obstacles, and goals and rewards.