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The Aeroplane Speaks - H. Barber

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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.
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