Stick & Rudder, by Wolfgang Langewiesche

Stick & Rudder

by Wolfgang Langewiesche

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Stick and Rudder: In the early 1940's, Wolfgang Langewiesche wrote a series of articles in Air Facts analyzing the various aspects of piloting techniques. Based on these articles, Langewiesche's classic work on the art of flying was first published in 1944.

This book 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.

From the Back Cover:

  • The invisible secret of flight--the Angle of Attack. What it is, and why it can't be seen.
  • Why airplanes stall
  • How do you know you're about to stall?
  • The landing approach. How the pilot's eye functions in judging the 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." This is the first statement of this phenomenon. A foolproof method of making a landing approach across pole lines and trees.
  • The elevator and the throttle. One controls the speed, the other controls climb and descent. Which is which?
  • The paradox of the glide. By pointing the nose down less steeply, you descend more steeply. By pointing the nose down more steeply, you can glide further.
  • What's the rudder for? The rudder does NOT turn the airplane the way a boat's rudder turns the boat. Then what does it do?
  • How a turn is flown. The role of ailerons, rudder, and elevator in making a turn.
  • The landing--how it's made. The visual clues that tell you where the ground is.
  • The "tail-dragger" landing gear and what's tricky about it. This is probably the only analysis of tail-draggers now available to those who want to fly one.
  • The tricycle landing gear and what's so good about it. A strong advocacy of the tricycle gear written at a time when almost all civil airplanes were taildraggers.
  • Why the airplane doesn't feel the wind. Why the airplane usually flies a little sidewise.


  • Wings
    • how a wing is flown
    • the airplane's gaits
    • lift and buoyancy
    • the flying instinct
  • Some Air Sense
    • the law of the roller coaster
    • wind drift
    • what the airplane wants to do
    • that thing called torque
  • The Controls
    • the flippers and the throttle
    • the ailerons
    • the rudder
  • Basic Maneuvers
    • the turn
    • straight & level cruising
    • the glide
  • Getting Down
    • the approach
    • the landing
    • the landing run
  • Dangers of the Air
  • More Air Sense
    • working speeds of an airplane
    • thin air


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