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Flying Machines: construction and operation; a practical book which shows, in illustrations, working plans and text, how to build and navigate the modern airship   By: (1862-1947)

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Flying Machines: construction and operation by Thomas Herbert Russell is an extraordinary guide that offers a comprehensive insight into the world of building and flying modern airships. While lacking in a creative title, this book is an essential resource for aviation enthusiasts, engineers, and anyone interested in the fascinating field of aeronautics.

Throughout the pages, Russell's expertise and passion for airship construction are palpable. The book is filled with detailed illustrations and working plans that allow readers to grasp the intricacies of building their own airships. From understanding the necessary materials to constructing various components, Russell leaves no stone unturned. His instructions are methodical and easy to follow, making the seemingly complex task of constructing an airship accessible even to novices.

One of the highlights of this book is the emphasis on safety. Russell dedicates ample space to discussing the precautions and principles required for navigating airships successfully. He delves into aerodynamics, providing an in-depth explanation of how airships operate and the forces at play during flight. This knowledge is invaluable for anyone seeking to take to the skies with confidence.

In addition to its technical aspects, Flying Machines also offers a glimpse into the history of airship design and technology. Russell explores the evolution of airships, referencing previous models and their limitations, which adds depth to the overall understanding of the subject. This historical perspective allows readers to appreciate the advancements made throughout the years and the role of innovation in the development of airships.

Although the book was published several decades ago, the information provided is still highly relevant. While some technological advancements may have occurred since its publication, Flying Machines remains a solid foundation for those interested in airship construction and operation. The principles and techniques discussed are timeless, making this book an enduring resource for anyone seeking to embark on their own aerial adventures.

If there is one drawback to this otherwise impressive guide, it would be the occasional dense technical jargon that may intimidate readers with limited knowledge of aeronautics. However, Russell does make an effort to explain complex terms, rendering them more accessible to readers unfamiliar with the subject matter.

Overall, Flying Machines: construction and operation is an indispensable guide for those seeking to delve into the world of airship construction and navigation. Its clear instructions, detailed illustrations, and historical background make it an engaging and informative read. Thomas Herbert Russell's passion for the subject shines through, and it is without a doubt a valuable addition to any aviation enthusiast's library.

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By W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell

A Practical Book Which Shows, in Illustrations, Working Plans and Text, How to Build and Navigate the Modern Airship.

W.J. JACKMAN, M.E., Author of "A B C of the Motorcycle," "Facts for Motorists," etc. etc.


THOS. H. RUSSELL, A.M., M.E., Charter Member of the Aero Club of Illinois, Author of "History of the Automobile," "Motor Boats: Construction and Operation," etc. etc.

With Introductory Chapter By Octave Chanute, C.E., President Aero Club of Illinois



This book is written for the guidance of the novice in aviation the man who seeks practical information as to the theory, construction and operation of the modern flying machine. With this object in view the wording is intentionally plain and non technical. It contains some propositions which, so far as satisfying the experts is concerned, might doubtless be better stated in technical terms, but this would defeat the main purpose of its preparation. Consequently, while fully aware of its shortcomings in this respect, the authors have no apologies to make.

In the stating of a technical proposition so it may be clearly understood by people not versed in technical matters it becomes absolutely necessary to use language much different from that which an expert would employ, and this has been done in this volume... Continue reading book >>

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