1910 volume, translated from the French, with 93 illustrations, photographs and diagrams. Everything you might have needed to know about how to build an aeroplane, including "The Arrangements for Starting and Landing" ("An essential condition in a flying-machine is its ability to leave the ground under its own power"). Books on the subject of aeronautics are numerous, but, with few exceptions, they have neglected the technical aspects of the subject, and none, as yet, have dealt with actual aeroplane construction. The present work, however, treats this question fully for the first time. M, Petit is an eminent French engineer who, during the past few years, has made a personal study of the methods of construction adopted by the great French firms. Designers of British aeroplanes, it is true, will probably follow their own ideas of construction, but a great deal is to be gained from general knowledge of the methods adopted by constructors in other countries as the result of long experience and patient experiment.
While a little faded, with slightly stained end papers with some bumping to corners and top and foot of spine, this book is in good, sound condition and inside pages are generally very clean.