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angle of attack


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The acute angle between the chord of an airfoil and a line representing the undisturbed relative airflow.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Used other than as an idiom: see angle,‎ attack.
  • n. The angle between the chord line of an airfoil and the airflow over it; one of the determiners of the amount of lift produced by an airfoil.
  • n. The angle between a mid-sail and the direction of the wind.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the acute angle between the direction of the undisturbed relative wind and the chord of an airfoil


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  • In his 1985 autobiography, Yeager claimed that a rocket thruster on the nose malfunctioned and stuck open, but some pilots at Edwards knowledgeable about the NF-104A and Yeager’s piloting of the aircraft that day have suggested that Yeager “plain screwed up,” letting his pitch attitude and angle of attack get away from him.

    First Man

  • He could not look at a soldier, the woman — or at any of the curious well-fed faces from the household that peered at him past the Dragoons as they walked by — without rehearsing in his thoughts the swiftest and most savage angle of attack with his razor.

    The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters


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