224 pages - 1944 - Used, Good
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 ).
|Book cover finish
||Canvas finish, Bradel, Hardcover ( rounded spine binding )
|Number of pages
|Collection / Series
||AIRCRAFT RECOGNITION SERIES
||13 x 19 x 2 cm
||R.A. Saville - Sneath
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. ( ... )
* 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.