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Twenty Thousand Miles In A Flying Boat

Author : Alan J. Cobham
ISBN : 1590481003
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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Alan Cobham was an aeronautical daredevil before they even coined the phrase. Soon after the First World War, he mustered out of the Royal Air Force and set off to make history with one aeroplane, one hammer, some copper wire, a tank full of petrol, and a few shillings . Cobham began by flying over a war-weary England, but soon set his sights abroad. In 1921 he flew over Europe for three weeks, noting that the air was so clear that he could see for 200 miles in any direction. In 1924 he made history again by being the first person to fly from his British base to India, and back, a fact not to be believed in those innocent days. In 1924 Cobham declared that he was tossing caution to wind. He proposed to command one of the new experimental Flying Boats around the entire perimeter of the African Continent. Keeping in mind that this was in the days of the Imperial British Raj, the English airman planned on making the entire trip by landing only in British colonies situated along the coast of Africa. The resultant journey changed aerial history and proved that air travel was no longer merely exotic, but immensely achievable.

Wings On The River

Author : David Embry Jones
ISBN : 9781921054273
Genre : Aeronautics
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History Of Air To Air Refuelling

Author : Richard Tanner
ISBN : 9781844152728
Genre : History
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This is a unique account of the development and operational use of air-to-air flight refuelling since its early beginnings in the USA and the UK to the equipment that is in use today. The author draws upon his life-long career as senior design engineer with the successful British company In-Flight Refuelling who were responsible for the development of the hose and drogue technique now preferred by many of the world's air forces. The story begins in the early 1920s when the art of air refuelling was part of the Barn Storming record-breaking attempts that were popular in the USA. It continues into the late thirties when successful experiments were made. Amazingly, the Royal Air Force were not interested in pursuing this great technical advantage during World War II and it was the USAAF who requested the British invention to experiment with on their B-17s and B-24s. The Korean War saw extended use of operational air-to-air refuelling for the first time and now the 'tanker fleet' is an essential unit in major air-forces around the world.

Bibliography Of Aeronautics Seaplanes Flying Boats Amphibians

Author : United States. Works Progress Administration
ISBN : UOM:39015023961967
Genre : Aeronautics
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The Engines Of Our Ingenuity

Author : John H. Lienhard
ISBN : 0195167317
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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This book explores the nature of creativity in engineering and technology, and how it relates to creativity in art or science. Lienhard has for ten years done a twice-weekly radio show, carried on about 35 NPR stations, consisting of 3-minute essays on technology. He uses the substance of selected segments of his radio program to create a continuous narrative presenting his insights on technological creativity. This book has the same title as his radio program, to further draw the attention of his one million listeners.

The Lost Flying Boat

Author : Alan Sillitoe
ISBN : 9781504034456
Genre : Fiction
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A post-WWII adventure from the bestselling author of The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner. A top-secret mission sends a crew of Royal Air Force veterans from South Africa to the subarctic Kerguelen Islands in this suspense-packed tale of lawlessness, piracy, obsession, and greed. At the helm of the Aldebaran, a huge flying boat, sits the monomaniacal Captain Bennett, a man hell-bent on unearthing a treasure buried by the Germans in the final days of World War II. And on the seaplane’s radio is the young wireless operator Adcock, a man who listens to everything and tries to make sense of it all. The rest of the ex-soldiers on board seek either riches or adventure—but all are fleeing the frustrations and disappointments of their postwar lives. As the voyage takes dangerous turns toward natural and manmade threats, it becomes clear that Captain Bennett is keeping secrets and the Aldebaran is not alone on her quest. Adcock’s morals are soon put to the test, machine guns are mounted on the flying boat’s turrets, and the thirst for gold may cost the crew their lives. Classic kitchen sink realism meets high-flying adventure in this British thriller that goes beyond action and into the depths of human values and motivations in a war-damaged world. Drawing upon Alan Sillitoe’s own wartime experiences as a wireless operator, The Lost Flying Boat is full of aerial heroics, coded messages, shattered dreams, and the will to persevere.

The Spider Web The Romance Of A Flying Boat War Flight Illustrated Edition

Author : Anon, “P.I.X”
ISBN : 9781782891024
Genre : History
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“War at sea-war in the air—This is an account of the early days, during the Great War, of the service that became the Fleet Air Arm. It did not take long after hostilities commenced for the Royal Navy to appreciate the potential of an ‘air force’ both as an eye in the sky and as an effective method of countering enemy surface vessels and most especially German submarine activity. Endurance, speed and surprise were the essential components of the sea-plane and flying boat war. Appearing suddenly out of the sun, a surface cruising U-Boat had little time to dive to safety before destruction rained down upon it. This book contains may gripping incidents of U-Boat hunting in the ‘Spider Web’, a great tract of the North Sea which was the Navy flyer’s patrol area and battlefield. This was a hard war, fraught with dangers from mechanical breakdowns, attacks from enemy aircraft, lethal weather and anti-aircraft fire among its many perils. A riveting account of the sea and early aviation warfare.”-Leonaur Print version. Author — Anon, “P.I.X” Text taken, whole and complete, from the edition published in Edinburgh, W. Blackwood and sons, 1919. Original Page Count – x and 278 pages. Illustrations — 20 maps and Illustrations.

Flight Directory Of British Aviation

Author :
ISBN : STANFORD:36105013145722
Genre : Aeronautics
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ISBN : MINN:31951000727769P
Genre : Aeronautics
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The Aeroplane Directory Of British Aviation

Author : Theodore Stanhope Sprigg
ISBN : STANFORD:36105013145672
Genre : Aeronautics
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