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RAF Flying Training Manual (1923)

RAF Flying Training Manual (1923)

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(Part I, Flying Instruction)


H.M.S.O, London, 1923

An original R.A.F. flying manual, 'Air Publication 129', published by H.M.S.O. for the Air Ministry in June 1923. This manual was first produced in 1920, with a later edition being published in 1926. The manoeuvres and instructions described and the aircraft, like the Sopwith Snipe, D.H.9A, Vickers Vimy and Bristol Fighter, shown in the illustrations would have been familiar to any WW1 pilot. This volume covers the theory and practice of flying instruction, from basic airmanship and maintenance of aircraft, to aerobatics and emergency procedures. It includes sections on flying techniques, aircraft construction, engines, and flight instructors duties. There are also details of the various different types of aircraft flown by the RAF just after WW1: including The D.H.9.A., Bristol Fighter, Sopwith Snipe, Vickers Vimy, and the Short Seaplane. The detailed cockpit diagrams of these aircraft are particularly interesting. This manual is a fascinating insight into the aircraft and flying training of the R.A.F soon after the end of the First World War, and is very well illustrated with more than 100 excellent diagrams, line drawings and photographs.


In good condition. The boards are in good condition, with general signs of wear and a few marks. The binding and hinges are very good and secure. The text and illustrations are in good condition, although there are old water stains and marks to the top edges and top margins of some pages.

Published: 1923
With 113 line drawings, diagrams & photographs.
Blue boards with black titling
Dimensions: 145mm x 220mm
Pages: 236