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angle of attack[′aŋ·gəl əv ə′tak]
The angle between a reference line which is fixed with respect to an airframe (usually the longitudinal axis) and the direction of movement of the body.
The angle in a mine fan made by the direction of air approach and the chord of the aerofoil section.
Angle of Attack
the angle between the direction of trans-lational motion of a body and some characteristic direction on the body. The characteristic direction may be, for example, a chord of an airplane wing or the axis of symmetry of a projectile or a rocket.
angle of attack
angle of incidence—which it is not. The angle of attack should not be confused with the pitch angle or attitude of aircraft, which are angles relative to the horizontal while the angle of attack is in respect to the relative airflow. It is referred to also as alpha (α).