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The author worked with a laboratory team involved with the Ministry of Defence that constructed the boundary layer system that was developed for the Blackburn Buccaneer aircraft. Scientific investigation into manned flight began early in the 19th century at a time when steam power was the only transportable propulsion generator available to the many pioneer flying-machine designers of the day. This unique history of the attempts, failures and successes to master the art of flight gathers many intriguing, fanciful and extraordinary designs from around the world. Kelly describes in detail how many types of steam engine were adapted for use in flight and the flying-machines into which they were fitted. It is an amazing and untold story of the men who dreamed of flying when horsepower was mainly generated by the animal itself.
Code No. 011643, 159 pages, ISBN 1844152952, $50.00