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How to Pilot an Aeroplane

How to Pilot an Aeroplane

Luc Meresma, 11.04.2017

Capt. Norman Macmillan:
How to Pilot an Aeroplane,
George Allen & Unwin LTD: London 1942,
first edition, 110 pages

 

This book told me just what I had to know before I flew. Flying came more easily and I mastered its intricacies as quickly as my ideas come up during a rapid dream, because I stored up in my mind (and I carried in my pocket) the knowledge of Capt. Norman Macmillan, gained during five thousand hours of every kind of piloting. No other writer has the same flying background. With this little book I succeeded in finding my personal style doing the Flick Half Roll, the Immelmann Turn, or simply the Loop. Try it, but never forget: Whatever you fly, find out for yourself what are the equivalent inspection schedules, and even though you are the pilot, and there are engineers and mechanics to do the work, learn how to inspect yourself, for you never know when you may have only yourself to rely on to decide whether your aeroplane is safe to fly or not. And find out how to do repairs. For this reason never forget having another small companion in your pocket: Engine Mechanics, by W.D. Arnot. Some of the greatest pilots have also been skilled mechanics, or artists, or writers, or philosophers. It is worthwhile to follow in their footsteps. I did, and this book helped me a lot.

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