Aerodynamics for Naval Aviators is great, as others have said. But I also like the book "Illustrated Guide to Aerodynamics". It's about $28.00, and I think it does a good job with good figures that are easy to understand. I really like the performance and stability sections.
Also, check out this site: http://18.104.22.168/aerodynamics1/
I go here all the time when I forget about stuff. This guy is great, he has flash presentations on some things that make it very easy to see... for aerodynamics, performance, and stability.
If you are looking for a good swept wing aero book, read "flying the wing" last published in the 70's (available at amazon). It is written by a DC-9 flight instructor back when they used the plane to instruct, imagine! Very good book for swept wing, high altitude and jet aerodynamics.
You must get the classic treatise on aerodynamics, Stick and Rudder by Wolfgang Langwische, ISBN: 0070362408. I found it on bn.com for about $20. It was first published in 1944. It's one of the best books ever on aerodynamics, and is written in plain English. Get it! You won't be disappointed.
I liked ANA, but had an extremely tough time getting around the math. The FAA used to draw a lot of its written test questions from ANA.
All of those are good, but I think the best out there are the "Flightwise" series, 2 volumes,by Chris Carpenter (head of Aero at the RAF college).They're not available in the U.S., but you can order them thru www.amazon.co.uk .
Flightwise is written in plain english, but would be worth reading even for aero engineers as it really puts things in a nice perspective. Any math required he literally teaches you on the way or tells you to skip ahead. Really an excellent book series.
I've been referred to:
1. a college aerodynamics professor
2. Kershner's Advanced Pilot's Manual
3. "Theory of Airfoil Sections"
4. McCormick's "Aerodynamics, Aeromechanics, and Flight Dynamics."
And remember, no one has a complete understanding of aerodynamics. It is still a new science.
I agree with generaltso. I like 'Illustrated Guide to Aerodynamics.' ANA is a great book but a little dense for me. Great if you want to puzzle throught the math. Don't forget NASA's website for all your aerodynamic needs.
"flight without formulae " and "mechanics of flight" both by
Sir A.C Kermode are excellent
the first book is excellent for learning and teaching aerodynamics without the math and the next one is excellent for students past thier commercial and really want to understand aerodynamics
aerodynamics for naval aviators is also an excellent book
When your finished with all of those get "Keep your eye on the ball." written by Robert G. Watts/A.Terry Bahill. It is all about the aerodynamics and physics of a curve ball, knucleball, and the physics of batting a ball. He uses all basic aerodynamics including density altitude and how it effects baseball distance, the effective curve of a baseball etc., etc. Since most of all pilot's wind up coaching little league it is great reading and a pilot can directly relate to it. Great fun for those long hauls on the flight deck.