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The Aeroplane Speaks Fifth Edition   By: (1875-1964)

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[Illustration: THE FLIGHT FOLK.]

THE AEROPLANE SPEAKS

BY H. BARBER, A.F.Ae.S.

(CAPTAIN, ROYAL FLYING CORPS)

WITH 36 FULL PAGES OF "TYPES OF AEROPLANES" AND 87 SKETCHES AND DIAGRAMS

FIFTH EDITION

LONDON

McBRIDE, NAST & CO., LTD.

THE AEROPLANE SPEAKS.

First edition December, 1916 Second edition February, 1917 Third edition April, 1917 Fourth edition July, 1917 Fifth edition December, 1917

FIRST REVIEWS:

=C. G. G. in the AEROPLANE:= "One hopes that the Subaltern Flying Officer will appreciate the gift which the author has given him out of his own vast store of experience, for the book contains the concentrated knowledge of many expensive years in tabloid form, or perhaps one should say in condensed milk form, seeing that it is easy to swallow and agreeable to the taste, as well as wholesome and nourishing. And, besides the young service aviator, there are thousands of young men, and women also, now employed in the aircraft industry, who will appreciate far better the value of the finicky little jobs they are doing if they will read this book and see how vital is their work to the man who flies."

=THE FIELD:= "Entirely different from any other text book on the subject, not merely in its form, but in its capacity to convey a knowledge of the principles and practice of flying. Undoubtedly it is the best book on its subject."

=THE UNITED SERVICE GAZETTE:= "Should be in the hands of every person interested in aviation."

=THE OUTLOOK:= "As amusing as it is instructive."

=THE MORNING POST:= "Should be read and re read by the would be and even the experienced pilot."

PRINTED IN ENGLAND BY BILLING AND SONS, LIMITED GUILDFORD

DEDICATED TO THE SUBALTERN FLYING OFFICER

MOTIVE

The reasons impelling me to write this book, the maiden effort of my pen, are, firstly, a strong desire to help the ordinary man to understand the Aeroplane and the joys and troubles of its Pilot; and, secondly, to produce something of practical assistance to the Pilot and his invaluable assistant the Rigger. Having had some eight years' experience in designing, building, and flying aeroplanes, I have hopes that the practical knowledge I have gained may offset the disadvantage of a hand more used to managing the "joy stick" than the dreadful haltings, the many side slips, the irregular speed, and, in short, the altogether disconcerting ways of a pen.

The matter contained in the Prologue appeared in the Field of May 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th, 1916, and is now reprinted by the kind permission of the editor, Sir Theodore Cook.

I have much pleasure in also acknowledging the kindness of Mr. C. G. Grey, editor of the Aeroplane , to whom I am indebted for the valuable illustrations reproduced at the end of this book.

CONTENTS

PROLOGUE

PAGE

PART I. THE ELEMENTARY PRINCIPLES AIR THEIR GRIEVANCES 1 II. THE PRINCIPLES, HAVING SETTLED THEIR DIFFERENCES, FINISH THE JOB 15 III. THE GREAT TEST 27 IV. CROSS COUNTRY 38

CHAPTER I. FLIGHT 55 II. STABILITY AND CONTROL 70 III. RIGGING 90 IV. PROPELLERS 115 V. MAINTENANCE 126

TYPES OF AEROPLANES 130

GLOSSARY 133

THE AEROPLANE SPEAKS

PROLOGUE

PART I

THE ELEMENTARY PRINCIPLES AIR THEIR GRIEVANCES

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