Moscow: Aviakhim, 1926. Item #1053
173 pp.: ill., 4 pp. of ads. 26,5x18 cm. In original printed wrappers. Spine repaired with a paper band, the covers with minor tears and losses, otherwise very good and clean internally.
One of 5000 copies.
Interesting edition from the early period of Soviet aviation. This practical manual was dedicated to glider construction as the basis of the aircraft production. The text is supplemented with 93 technical drawings and 17 tables.
In Russia, the earliest gliding society was founded in 1918 under “Flying Laboratory”, the Moscow theoretical institution headed by aviators N. Zhukovsky, V. Vetchinkin and N. Anoshchenko. This society of amateurs and enthusiasts first held the Crimea gliding competitions in 1923. Gradually, the event gathered more and more participants and some of them appeared every year. This sport was widespread over the country. The gliding competitions attracted pilots and constructors who thus started a lifelong way into the aviation industry. Moscow glider school began to work in 1925 and lectures on glider aerodynamics were read by engineer Nikolai Fadeev.
This book contains all the lectures he gave. As the preface reads, “A model, a glider and an aviette mean three stages of the best practical school for novice aircraft engineers”. Apart from calculations themselves, the classification of gliders, according to purpose, structure, operation, etc. was printed.
The last four pages feature advertisements for aviation periodicals and Aviakhim organization promoting an idea of using aircraft for agricultural purposes and publishing a wide range of printed materials on airplane construction and contemporary progress of the Soviet Union in this industry.
Bibliography lists 15 resources, including 7 Russian books.
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