Excerpt from How to Build an Aeroplane 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. It is universally recognised that France, at the present time, has no rival in aeroplane building, and in this book the experience gained from close association with the best methods of what is now a large and flourishing industry is set out in simple language. Designers of British aeroplanes, it is true, will probably follow their own ideas in construction, but a great deal is to be gained from a general knowledge of the methods adopted by constructors in other countries as the result of long experience and patient experiment. The following pages, from this standpoint, undoubtedly provide a full review of a new department of engineering, whose growing importance it is difficult to overestimate. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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