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AMRAAMThe Advanced Missile Aerodynamics (AMA) short course provides an advanced training experience in classic engineering-level prediction methodologies used in the estimation of missile and missile-like vehicle aerodynamics characteristics.

This rigorous short course has direct application to a wide variety of missile classes, including: tactical missiles, ballistic missiles, launch vehicles, sounding rockets and projectiles. Participants will learn about Slender Body Theory and its pervasive influence in aero prediction methods. They will also come to understand the technical basis of the classic component build-up approach, body alone aero prediction methods and the Equivalent Angle-of-Attack method for lifting surfaces.

MFC_Patriot_Photo2_medCourse material features technical details related to a myriad of diverse topics, including: local surface inclination pressure methods, mutual aerodynamic interference, 6-DOF aerodynamic modeling schemes, area ruling fundamentals and inlet aerodynamics. Technical briefings are provided for a number of significant historical missile programs. These case studies provide valuable insights and lessons learned that are directly applicable to job performance.

This intensive technical short course is unique in terms of its topic and breadth and depth of subject matter. A course of its equal is not to be found among the curricula of any other present-day university or continuing education provider.


  • Slender Body Theory
  • Equivalent AoA Method
  • Component Build-Up
  • Body Alone Methods
  • Pressure Methods
  • Aerodynamic Interference
  • 6-DOF Aero Model Schemes
  • Launch Vehicle Aero
  • High-Temperature Effects
  • Flush Airdata Systems
  • Transonic Area Rule
  • Supersonic Area Rule
  • Inlet Aero Effects
  • Body Crossflow Effects
  • Shock-Expansion Method
  • Newtonian Theory
  • Aero Database Sources
  • Viscous Interaction
  • Aerodynamic Uncertainty
  • Force Accounting
  • Aero Prediction Codes
  • Historical Flight Programs

TomahawkThe Advanced Missile Aerodynamics (AMA) short course is an intensive 4-day training program that provides a maximum training experience to aerospace professionals with minimum time away from work.

Advanced Missile Aerodynamics Module Overview

  1. Slender Body Theory: Conservation laws, irrotationality, velocity potential, perturbation theory, axisymmetric flow.
  2. Component Build-Up Methodology: Component build-up, NACA TR-1307, body upwash, wing carryover, vortex downwash, lift interference factors.
  3. Equivalent Angle-of-Attack Methodology: Angle-of-attack effect, body carryover determination, roll angle effects, control surface deflection effects.
  4. Body Alone Aero Prediction Methods: Allen and Perkins Method, Brevig and Rausch Method, Baker Method, Jorgensen Method, Clark and Trimmer.
  5. Local Surface Inclination Pressure Methods: Linear Theory, Higher-Order Theory, Newtonian Theory, Tangent Wedge, Tangent Cone, Shock Expansion Theory.
  6. Mutual Aerodynamic Interference: Body upwash, panel carryover, vortex effects, component airloads, body alone, body-tail, body-wing tail airframes.
  7. Aerodynamic Modeling Schemes: Panel-panel interference, 1st Order and 2nd Panel Schemes, Dual Panel Scheme, Combined Panel Scheme.
  8. Launch Vehicle Aerodynamics: Trajectory loads, aeroacoustical loads, compartmental venting, buffeting, stage separation, wind effects.
  9. Area Rule Fundamentals: Aircraft wave drag, Transonic Area Rule, Moment of Area Rule, Supersonic Area Rule, wave drag prediction.
  10. Inlet Aerodynamics: Inlet types, inlet operating modes, additive drag, boundary layer bleed drag, bypass drag, cowl drag.


This course is best suited for individuals with professional experience in applied missile aerodynamics.

General Requirements

  • 2nd Year College Calculus
  • 1st Year College Physics
  • Basic Missile Aerodynamics
  • Basic Compressible Flow

Suggested WEA Preparatory Courses

J. Terry White Curriculum Vitae

J. Terry White is the founder, senior advisor and former president of White Eagle Aerospace. His 50 years of professional aerospace experience includes the NASA Space Shuttle Program, NASA X-43A Flight Research Project, and the United States Navy STANDARD Missile Program.  During his far-ranging professional career, Terry has served on the engineering technical staff of Rockwell International, General Dynamics Corporation, Hughes Missile Systems Company, NASA Dryden Flight Research Center and Raytheon Missile Systems.  In addition, he has served as an engineering consultant to numerous corporate and private aerospace enterprises.

Terry is a subject matter technical expert in the disciplines of  aerodynamics, 6-DOF aerodynamics models, aerothermodynamics, hypersonics, flight simulation, and flight testing.

Terry previously served as manager of the Aerodynamics Department in the Guidance, Navigation, and Control Center at Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, Arizona. In this capacity, he was responsible for all aerodynamics work performed at the world’s largest tactical missile producer.  He concluded his career with Raytheon in 2010 as a Senior Engineering Fellow in Aerodynamics.

Terry has authored more than 180 technical papers on a wide variety of aero-science and aerospace subjects. His teaching credentials include 15 years as an instructor in the Aerospace Engineering Department of the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, 10 years as an instructor in the professional development program at Raytheon and 17 years developing and teaching technical courses at White Eagle Aerospace. Those who have taken Terry’s courses say that he brings an extensive technical knowledge and uncommon instructional skill to the training environment.

Terry is particularly well-known for his inspiring aerospace history presentations, which are intense, technically relevant reviews of significant events in United States aerospace history. He has lectured extensively on aerospace history topics at the USAF Test Pilot School, the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, academia and industry.

Terry and his wife Phyllis reside in Oro Valley, Arizona. They are the happy parents of five remarkable children and the grateful grandparents of nine delightful grandchildren.

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