AN ANCIENT AIR : A BIOGRAPHY OF JOHN STRINGFELLOW OF CHARD, THE VICTORIAN AERONAUTICAL PIONEER

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183 pages - 1988 - Used, mint condition
This beautiful book, which contains several photographs, is a detailed account of a British pioneer's life : John Stringfellow of Chard.

Characteristics

Book cover finish Canvas finish, Bradel, Hardcover ( square back binding )
Special features First edition, Dust jacket
Condition Used, mint condition
Number of pages 183
Published date 1988
Language English
Size 16 x 23 x 2 cm
Author Harald Penrose
Editor Airlife Publishing Ltd.

Description

An Ancient Air portrays the hitherto only briefly recorded life of John Stringfellow of Chard ( 1799 - 1883 ), the first man in the world to demonstrate that engine - powered winged flight was practicable.

 

Whereas earlier general aviation histories tend to discount Stringfellow's work, An Ancient Air reveals that his absorption with aviation was lifelong, starting with the construction of balloons, recorded here for the first time. Though professionally a lace - machine specialist, he was interested in all aspects of scientific development - he was a founder member of the Chard Institution for educational lectures, pioneered local photography, devised medical apparatus and even patented an armoured gun - carriage.

 

This book seeks to demonstrate the relationship of Stringfellow's work with that of his colleague, William Samuel Henson. They worked closely together on various aeronautical projects between the years 1835 and 1847, and the author puts forward evidence that it was Stringfellow who was entirely responsible for the historic 1848 monoplane, the first ever engine-driven model aeroplane to make a free flight. After Henson emigrated to the U.S.A. in 1848, Stringfellow continued to design revolutionary aeroplane models, such as the triplane he entered in the 1868 Crystal Palace Exhibition.

 

In his old age Stringfellow maintained his interest in aviation and passed on his enthusiasm to his son, Frederick John Stringfellow, who later built a model biplane and a multi - plane.

 

An Ancient Air, ( ... ), presents for the first time a detailed account of Stringfellow's historic discoveries and sheds further welcome light on the pioneering days of aviation. 

À PROPOS DE CET AUTEUR
Harald Penrose

Harald James Penrose O.B.E., CEng, F.R.Ae.S, A.M.I.N.A. ( April 12th, 1904 - August 31st, 1996 ) was born in Hereford ( Herefordshire, England ). His fascination with manned flight started at an early age when his father showed him pictures of Bleriot's monoplane. He first flew aged 7 in a man - lifting kite at the dizzying height of 10 ft. His first powered flight was in 1919, in a modified three seat Avro 504K, piloted by Alan Cobham ( 1894 - 1973 ). 


When he left school in 1920, he was unable to find an apprenticeship in the aircraft industry, so on the advice of Frederick Handley Page he attended the Aeronautical Engineering Course at Northampton Engineering College, London University. During a visit to de Havilland, he flew in the prototype Moth as a passenger, piloted by Hubert Broad ( 1897 - 1975 ). As part of his course, he undertook industrial placements working for Handley Page Ltd and Westland Aircraft Ltd. 


After graduation in 1926, Harald J. Penrose was employed by Westland Aircraft Ltd. He started work on the shop floor, later working as an observer for the Test Pilot Lawrence Openshaw, then as assistant to Captain Geoffrey Hill ( 1895 - 1955 ) supervising the construction of the Widgeon III prototype. In 1927, he took 3 months unpaid leave and learned to fly with Reserve of Air Force Officers ( R.A.F.O. ) at Filton. There he first flew Bristol P.T.M.'s and later a Bristol Jupiter fighter. During this training, he met Cyril Uwins ( 1896 - 1972 ) after the latter's encounter with control reversal in a Bristol Bagshot. Later, Cyril Uwins would mentor Harald J. Penrose in the science of flight testing and they would become good friends. On returning to Westland, he was employed working between the Works and the Design Office. Under the guidance of Westland's new test pilot, Louis Paget, Harald J. Penrose became involved in test flying. He gained his A - licence which allowed him to fly as a private pilot and he flew Widgeons at weekend air displays, eventually becoming responsible for all Widgeon testing. 


As Westland's Chief Test Pilot ( after Louis Paget's accident in 1931 ), Harald J. Penrose established a number of unusual aviation records in the 1930's. Prior to flying the twin - engined fighter Whirlwind ( developed by Westland ), to get experience of aircraft with high wing loadings and retractable undercarriages, Harald J. Penrose flew the Spitfire prototype K5054, the Fairey Battle prototype and a Bristol Blenheim. 


As a reserve officer in the R.A.F., he expected to be called up at the start of the Second World War. However, at 36 years old and with valuable experience of test flying he was turned down by the R.A.F.'s Personnel Department. Instead, he returned to Lysander and Whirlwind development. During the war, Harald J. Penrose was responsible for various aircraft test flying ( Whirlwind, Spitfire, Lysander and even a captured Messerschmitt Bf 109 ). In the summer of 1945, he flew a twin - engined jet fighter Gloster Meteor as a guest of No. 616 Squadron. He described it as " far easier and safer machine than that superb fighter the Spitfire ". But the experience was marred during landing by uncertainty that the undercarriage had locked down while simultaneously running low on fuel. 


After the war, Harald J. Penrose led the flight testing of the Westland Wyvern ( which proved to be so lethal than any other contemporary aircraft ). In 1953, after 25 years of test, Harald J. Penrose retired from the role of Chief Test Pilot to take over Westland's helicopter sales. 


He also demonstrated a talent for writing at an early age, winning his school's premier prize for literature. His early books drew on personal experiences, such as I Flew with the Birds ( 1949 ), No Echo in the Sky ( 1958 ) and Airymouse ( 1967 ). In his later works he wrote about the history of the British aircraft industry : Architect of Wings ( 1985 ), a biography of the Avro designer Roy Chadwick and a five - volume history of British aviation. 


( source : Wikipedia )

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Airlife Publishing Ltd.
Airlife Publishing Limited was founded on February 6th, 1976 and has its registered office in Crawley ( West Sussex, England ). The organisation's status is listed as " dissolved " ( November 19th, 2008 ). It had 6 directors at the time it closed. 20 - 49 people were employed at this company. ( source : duedil.com )
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