January , 1936 AIRCRAFT ENGINEERING 23 Th e 1935 Edition of "Jane"—A History of Science and Some Elementary Textbooks Jane's All the World's Aircraft, 1935. far the clearest and best account we have ever should appear practically simultaneously is a read of the views of early thinkers, on which all sign of the times. Of these, Mr. Hewitt's book (Sampson Low. £2 2s.) modern science and technology has been built is th e more serious and can be recommended to This is, th e publishers tell us, th e twenty-fifth year of issue of this annual, which made its first up, and is as informative on their mistakes as th e private owner. Neither book is, however, appearance in 1911. Anyone who has a com on their accurate predictions. An excellent more than the introduction to the subject it is plete set of the volumes possesses a remarkable book to dip into and keep. presumably intended to be. That is the only history of aeroplane design. It is almost im fear we have, tha t books of this nature may possible to review in the ordinary sense, and lead the novice to suppose tha t navigation is a High-Spee d Diesel Engines . Second Edition. one can do little except announce its appear simple subject—which it very definitely is not. B y Arthur W. Judge. (Chapman & Hall. ance with the customary plaudits. "Jane" is 15s.) quite essential to anyone who desires informa This is the second edition of a book, the first Aeroplane s and Aero Engines. By W. O. tion on any type of aeroplane. It is sad but edition of which was reviewed in AIRCRAFT Manning. (Pitman. 3s. 6d.) inevitable that it should always appear, when ENGINEERIN G some two years ago. Chapter XI, Mr. Manning, of course, knows what he is ever it makes its bow, just too early. The "Aircraf t Engines," seems to be largely out of writing about, which is by no means universal present issue, for instance, perforce misses the date. It is hardly true to write now of the among authors of elementary books on aero new Hawker P.V. low-wing monoplane and Beardmore and Rolls-Royce Condor, or even nautics. He makes such matters as vortices does no t contain even the meagre details, as to th e Packard, as "among the more important understandable to a quite remarkable extent, engines, etc., tha t are now available of the Mayo aircraft engines." Messrs. Beardmore long and is the first popular writer we have seen to composite seaplane. It is a pity that manufac since ceased experimenting with aero-engines; venture on an explanation of the circulation turers cannot be dragooned into uniformity in th e Condor is now a part of history, while theory. This little book is much above the the supply of information as regards personnel. nothing has been heard, so far as we know, of average of its type. It would be most useful Some give the fullest details of directors and th e Packard Diesel for some time. Such data for the boy seriously intending to take up technical staff, while others vouchsafe none. as has been made available of the Bristol- aerodynamics. We still find the preliminary sections, quaintly Phoenix is included, and most of the other labelled "historical," rather indigestible and compression-ignition engines for aeroplanes are Th e Book of the Aeroplane. Third Edition. strangely uninformative; mainly because the described. In view of the undoubted falling- By Capt. J. L. Pritchard . (Longmans. 7s. 6d.) information supplied by the various countries off of interest in the heavy-oil engine in aero Capt. Pritchard's book, originally published differs so noticeably in quality. Mr. Grey nautical circles this chapter is mainly of in 1926, ha s achieved a third edition—a measure provides one of his characteristic prefaces, academic interest and is rather reminiscent of of its popularity. It has no very serious inten which, in the candour of its self-revelation, a visit to a museum. tion, bu t gives a very readable account of what makes us feel rather shy—a feeling which must ha s been done in th e air with the pill of instruc be strongly shared by Mr. Bridgman. Th e Modern Diesel. Third Edition. (Iliffe. tion on why an aeroplane flies and how it is built pleasantly sugar-coated. We hope that the copy sent to us is an 3s. 6d.) advance one, as it shows many signs of haste This is one of those practical handbooks for in printing. At this price readers are entitled th e interested amateur that these publishers Who' s Who. (A. & C. Black. 60s.) to expect more care from the printers. know so well how to produce. It admirably This must not, of course, be confused with covers th e ground generally. There is here also th e much more modest aeronautical annual a chapter on aircraft engines, which concludes A History of Science, Technology and reference published by Bunhill Publications, with a brief summary of Mr. Fedden's paper on Philosophy in the XVIth and XVIIth Ltd . "The real" Who's Who contains the Centuries. By Prof. A. Wolf. (Allen & th e subject of January, 1935. name of every contemporary British personality Unwin. 25s.) of note, and most of us find it indispensable (overworked word!) in the strictest sense. Any Though not, of course, specifically aeronautical, Elementar y Course of Air Navigation. By one who has any dealings in public affairs this is an extraordinarily interesting book for Flt.-Lt. C. W. Hewitt. (John Hamilton. cannot possibly do without it. A number of anyone who cares for th e history of th e develop 3s. 6d.) th e prominent personalities in aviation find a ment of scientific thought and knowledge. It Practica l Air Navigation. By Wing-Com covers the "Grand Period," and each page place, though perhaps not all tha t might expect mander J. K. Summers. (Pitman. 2s. fid.) bristles with the names of the great. It gives to be there. Tha t two popular books on air navigation No . 27 of the year 1935 Edinburgh 2; York Street, Manchester 1; AIR MINISTRY NOTICES 1, St. Andrew's Crescent, Cardiff; 80, Chiches Examination Boards will sit for the purpose ter Street, Belfast; or through any bookseller. of examining applicants for ground engineers' named at (c), (d) and (e) above can only be Attention is particularly directed to the licences a t the following places and times:— accepted provided tha t the application, together following amendments introduced by this (a) London, weekly, on each Tuesday in with the appropriate fees, is received 28 days Amendment List. 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Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jan 1, 1936