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Practical Flying (1918) | WW1 RAF Flying manual

Practical Flying 1918

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Flight Commander W. G. McMinnies R.N.
& Flight Lieutenant E. L. Ford R.N.


Practical Flying is probably the best First World War flying manual. Written and illustrated by experienced R.A.F. officers, it was produced early in 1918 for the use of trainee R.F.C., R.A.F. and R.N.A.S. pilots. Superbly illustrated with numerous diagrams, drawings and maps, this book is a fascinating insight into the practicalities of military flying during WW1. Covering everything from how to spin the prop, and how to perform 'stunts' like an Immelman turn or a 'falling-leaf' descent, to aerial fighting and the action to take after the inevitable crash that all WW1 flyers experienced at some time or other. This book tells you virtually everything you would need to know to fly a world war one aircraft. It also includes a number of very interesting advertisments for aircraft manufacturers and flying equipment suppliers.


In very good condition. The boards are in very good condition, with minor signs of age and a few marks. The binding and hinges are good and secure. The text is in very good condition with a few minor marks. There is some foxing to the front endpapers. The illustrations are in very good condition.

Published: 1918
Fully illustrated with line drawings and diagrams
Cream boards with black titling
Dimensions: 130mm x 190mm
Pages: 237 (plus numerous aviation advertisments)