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Range (aeronautics)

The maximal total range is the maximum distance an aircraft can fly between takeoff and landing, as limited by fuel capacity in powered aircraft, or cross-country speed and environmental conditions in unpowered aircraft. [1]

Aircraft

An aircraft is a machine that is able to fly by gaining support from the air.

Angle of attack

In fluid dynamics, angle of attack (AOA, or \alpha (Greek letter alpha)) is the angle between a reference line on a body (often the chord line of an airfoil) and the vector representing the relative motion between the body and the fluid through which it is moving.

Brake specific fuel consumption

Brake specific fuel consumption (BSFC) is a measure of the fuel efficiency of any prime mover that burns fuel and produces rotational, or shaft power.

Closed-form expression

In mathematics, a closed-form expression is a mathematical expression that can be evaluated in a finite number of operations.

Endurance (aeronautics)

In aviation, endurance is the maximum length of time that an aircraft can spend in cruising flight.

Ferry flying

Ferry flying refers to delivery flights for the purpose of returning an aircraft to base, delivering a new aircraft from its place of manufacture to its customer, moving an aircraft from one base of operations to another or moving an aircraft to or from a maintenance facility for repairs, overhaul or other work.

Flight distance record

This list of flight distance records contains only those set without any mid-air refueling.

Flight length

In aviation, the flight length is defined as the distance of a flight.

Fuel

A fuel is any material that can be made to react with other substances so that it releases energy as heat energy or to be used for work.

Ground speed

Ground speed is the horizontal speed of an aircraft relative to the ground.

Heat capacity

Heat capacity or thermal capacity is a measurable physical quantity equal to the ratio of the heat added to (or removed from) an object to the resulting temperature change.

Landing

Landing is the last part of a flight, where a flying animal, aircraft, or spacecraft returns to the ground.

Lift (force)

A fluid flowing past the surface of a body exerts a force on it.

Lift-to-drag ratio

In aerodynamics, the lift-to-drag ratio, or L/D ratio, is the amount of lift generated by a wing or vehicle, divided by the aerodynamic drag it creates by moving through the air.

List of aircraft weapons

This is a list of weapons (aircraft ordnance) carried by aircraft.

Louis Charles Breguet

Louis Charles Breguet (2 January 1880 in Paris – 4 May 1955 in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France) was a French aircraft designer and builder, one of the early aviation pioneers.

Mach number

In fluid dynamics, the Mach number (M or Ma) is a dimensionless quantity representing the ratio of flow velocity past a boundary to the local speed of sound.

Powered aircraft

A powered aircraft is an aircraft that uses onboard propulsion with mechanical power generated by an aircraft engine of some kind.

Radius of action, or combat radius in military terms, refers to the maximum distance a ship, aircraft, or vehicle can travel away from its base along a given course with normal load and return without refueling, allowing for all safety and operating factors.

Speed of sound

The speed of sound is the distance travelled per unit time by a sound wave as it propagates through an elastic medium.

Standard gravity

The standard acceleration due to gravity (or standard acceleration of free fall), sometimes abbreviated as standard gravity, usually denoted by or, is the nominal gravitational acceleration of an object in a vacuum near the surface of the Earth.

Stratosphere

The stratosphere is the second major layer of Earth's atmosphere, just above the troposphere, and below the mesosphere.

Takeoff

Takeoff is the phase of flight in which an aerospace vehicle or an animal goes from the ground to flying in the air.

Thrust specific fuel consumption

Thrust-specific fuel consumption (TSFC) is the fuel efficiency of an engine design with respect to thrust output.

Unpowered aircraft

Unpowered aircraft can remain airborne for a significant period of time without onboard propulsion.

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