BRITISH AIRCRAFT, VOLUME TWO

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224 pages - 1944 - Used, acceptabe
Well - illustrated with photographs, some illustrations and a cutaway drawing, this book is a concise review of civil and military aircraft built in Great Britain ( 1934 - 1944 ).

Characteristics

Book cover finish Canvas finish, Bradel, Hardcover ( rounded spine binding )
Special features First edition, Insert, Dedicated copy
Condition Used, acceptable
Number of pages 224
Published date 1944
Language English
Collection / Series AIRCRAFT RECOGNITION SERIES
Size 13 x 19 x 2 cm
Author R.A. Saville - Sneath
Editor PENGUIN BOOKS

Description

PREFACE

 

A PREFACE to the second half of a work should be unnecessary if it were not that readers either from necessity or by choice may occasionally take up the second volume before they have seen the first. For their convenience and, I hope, with the indulgence of those who have read the first volume, the general scope of " British Aircraft " and its basis of classification are briefly summarised here.

 

The principal aim of this work is to present a comprehensive yet concise review of civil and military aircraft built in *Great Britain during the past ten years. ( ... ) Volume Two opens with Group II, Aeroplanes - Biplane Landplanes. The branch which is next in importance, Aeroplanes - Seaplanes, is similarly divided into th two structural groups, monoplanes and biplanes, forming Groups III and IV respectively.

 

( ... ) It will be noted that Gliders ( Group V ), not being mechanically driven, are not classed under Aeroplanes. Strictly speaking, the so - called power - driven glider does not exist, for it ceases to be a glider when it is modified by the fitting of a power plant.

 

( ... ) Rotaplanes and Helicopters form separate branches of the aircraft family, but because of their apparent structural similarity they are placed together in Group VI.

 

The introduction of *Jet Propulsion Aircraft ( Group VII ) is frankly anticipatory - a glance into, and a provision for, the future.

 

Group VIII, Airships, on the other hand, is a backward glance. This class of lighter - than  - air craft is included in the present volume chiefly on account of the historical interest of an almost forgotten aspect of British aviation, but also in order to provide a more complete basis of comparison between widely different branches of aeronautical development. ( ... )

 

November, 1943

 

* This note and the chapter to which it refers were written before the announcement, on January 6th, 1944, of the successful development of the British Whittle Jet Propulsion designs.

À PROPOS DE CET AUTEUR
R.A. Saville - Sneath

R.A. Saville - Sneath ( 1895 - 1989 ) was born in Sheffield ( South Yorkshire, England ). 


He served in the First World War as R.E. " Signals " motor - cyclist dispatch rider. When he later became chairman of companies concerned with aircraft equipment and international patent development, his professional interests kept him in close touch with the trend of aircraft design after the First World War. 


In July 1938, R.A. Saville - Sneath was appointed Head Observer at a local post of the Observer Corps, at that time a branch of the Special Constabulary. Although familiar as an amateur pilot with many types of aircraft, he found aircraft recognition to be a growing problem, requiring serious study and methodical instruction. 


He gave many lectures on aircraft recognition and was an honorary instructor and librarian for the Hearkers' Clubs. He contributed articles on the subject to the Daily Mail, the Daily Mirror, the Aeroplane Spotter, Practical Mechanics and other journals. R.A. Saville - Sneath was also the author of Britain's Airpower


( source : AIRCRAFT RECOGNITION, Wikipedia )

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