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THE AEROPLANE SPEAKS
By H. Barber
(Captain, Royal Flying Corps)
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
PART
I. THE ELEMENTARY PRINCIPLES AIR THEIR GRIEVANCES
II. THE PRINCIPLES, HAVING SETTLED THEIR DIFFERENCES, FINISH THE JOB
III. THE GREAT TEST
IV. CROSS COUNTRY
CHAPTER
I. FLIGHT
II. STABILITY AND CONTROL
III. RIGGING
IV. PROPELLERS
V. MAINTENANCE
TYPES OF AEROPLANES
GLOSSARY
THE AEROPLANE SPEAKS
PROLOGUE


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