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The Aviation Pocket Book (1919)

The Aviation Pocket-Book (1919)

Price £85.00 Sale


R. Borlase Matthews


A rare WW1 era aviation manual, published in 1919. The Aviation Pocket-Book was originally produced during WW1 for the use of R.F.C. and R.N.A.S., and R.A.F. pilots. Well illustrated with numerous diagrams, drawings and plans, this book is a very useful guide to aviation at the end of the First World War. It includes information on engines, airscrews, airframes, construction of aircraft, types of aircraft, piloting, instruments, airships, dirigibles, weather, military flying, weapons, armament, machine guns, bombs, and much more. There are plans and diagrams of military aircraft flown by the R.A.F, including the Sopwith Camel, SE5, Avro 504, Handley Page, RE8, and the Bristol Fighter. The book also features numerous fascinating period adverts for the major British aviation companies of the time, including Avro, Martinsyde, Gnome, Handley Page, Armstrong Whitworth, Triplex, and Bristol.


In good condition. The boards are in good condition, with a few marks and some fading to the spine. The binding and hinges are good and secure. The text and illustrations are in very good condition, with some marks and spots of foxing to the endpapers.

Published: 1919
Blue boards with white titling
Illustrated with diagrams, line drawings & charts
Dimensions: 145mm x 205mm
Pages: 536 (plus numerous full page advertisments)