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William J. Claxton - The Mastery of the Air

CHAPTER XXXV. A Famous British Inventor of the Water-plane
CHAPTER XXXVI. Sea-planes for Warfare
CHAPTER XXXVII. The First Man to Fly in Britain
CHAPTER XXXVIII. The Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service

CHAPTER XXXIX. Aeroplanes in the Great War
CHAPTER XL. The Atmosphere and the Barometer
CHAPTER XLI. How an Airman Knows what Height he Reaches
CHAPTER XLII. How an Airman finds his Way
CHAPTER XLIII. The First Airman to Fly Upside Down
CHAPTER XLIV. The First Englishman to Fly Upside Down
CHAPTER XLV. Accidents and their Cause
CHAPTER XLVI. Accidents and their Cause (Cont.)
CHAPTER XLVII. Accidents and their Cause (Cont.)
CHAPTER XLVIII. Some Technical Terms used by Aviators
CHAPTER XLIX. The Future in the Air

 

PREFACE

This book makes no pretence of going minutely into the technical and scientific sides of human flight:
rather does it deal mainly with the real achievements of pioneers who have helped to make aviation what

it is to-day.

My chief object has been to arouse among my readers an intelligent interest in the art of flight, and,
profiting by friendly criticism of several of my former works, I imagine that this is best obtained by

setting forth the romance of triumph in the realms of an element which has defied man for untold

centuries, rather than to give a mass of scientific principles which appeal to no one but the expert.

So rapid is the present development of aviation that it is difficult to keep abreast with the times. What is
new to-day becomes old to-morrow. The Great War has given a tremendous impetus to the strife between

the warring nations for the mastery of the air, and one can but give a rough and general impression of the

achievements of naval and military airmen on the various fronts.

Finally, I have tried to bring home the fact that the fascinating progress of aviation should not be
confined entirely to the airman and constructor of air-craft; in short, this progress is not a retord of events

in which the mass of the nation have little personal concern, but of a movement in which each one of us

may take an active and intelligent part.

I have to thank various aviation firms, airmen, and others who have kindly come to my assistance, either
with the help of valuable information or by the loan of photographs. In particular, my thanks are due to

the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service for permission to reproduce illustrations from their

two publications on the work and training of their respective corps; to the Aeronautical Society of Great

Britain; to Messrs. C. G. Spencer Sons, Highbury; The Sopwith Aviation Company, Ltd.; Messrs. A. V.

Roe Co., Ltd.; The Gnome Engine Company; The Green Engine Company; Mr. A. G. Gross

(Geographia, Ltd.); and M. Bleriot; for an exposition of the internal-combustion engine I have drawn on

Mr. Horne's The Age of Machinery.

 

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