Stick and Rudder

Stick and Rudder: An Explanation of the Art of Flying (ISBN 978-0-07-036240-6) is a book written in 1944 by Wolfgang Langewiesche, describing how airplanes fly and how they should be flown by pilots. It has become a standard reference text for aviators.[1] Written well before the proliferation of cockpit electronics, navigational aids, and air traffic control radio, the book focuses primarily on fundamental skills specific to flying the aircraft in its stripped-down basic form.[2][3]

Stick and Rudder, an Explanation of the Art of Flying
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First edition
AuthorWolfgang Langewiesche
IllustratorJo Kotula
CountryUnited States
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  1. ^ Mark, Rob (8 May 2019). "Learning to Fly - A practical guide to earning your pilot's license". Flying (magazine). Retrieved 23 January 2020.
  2. ^ Garrison, Peter (29 October 2019). "Kill All the Airspeed Indicators". Flying (magazine). Retrieved 23 January 2020.
  3. ^ Siegel, Henry. "Aviation History Book Review: Stick and Rudder". Retrieved 23 January 2020.