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Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1913

Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1913

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{detailed description}This volume is a facsimile reprint of the 1913 edition of Jane's All the World's Aircraft. It is complete in all its original detail, including the advertisements.
By 1913 the aviation-scene had just begun to consolidate and the names which were to adorn the industry of the future had begun to emerge—Bristol, Handley Page, De Havilland, Short, Breguet, Curtiss, Fokker. The prototypes of some of the famous aeroplanes which were a positive, if not a decisive influence upon the course of the First World War, also are described in this volume—Avro, Sopwith, Farman, Voisin, Albatros, Taube. With a viewpoint no doubt clouded by growing acceptance of the coming clash with Germany, editorial opinion inclined to the view that 'Except as a war machine the aeroplane is of little interest or use to anyone'. A civil role was not envisaged, although the embryonic aviation industry was already thinking in terms of aeroplanes large enough to carry great loads and to travel long distances. Even the airship was assigned a potential military use, and by 1913 the Zeppelin was already part of the German war machine.
As a matter of sheer necessity the War forced the aeroplane to grow up; that is in the technical sense. In 1913 airframes were already shaping towards the configuration familiar in the First World War, and still familiar even in some planes flying at the beginning of the Second : the section of historical aircraft in this volume will show the enormous progress made in this respect. And planes were already flying with motors destined from the drawing board for aircraft alone.
Front Jacket illustration: Cody monoplane
{Author / Publisher / Date}published by David and Charles (Facsimile Reprint) 1969 illustrated 32x22 landscape
{condition}Label affixed to front paste down and d/j fold-in states that the book was "slightly damaged in transit" when new: this propably refers to a substantial closed tear and subsequent creasing to the rear panel of the d/j; no damage found to the volume itself, otherwise very good.
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