Jackman & Russell, 1910, Flying Machines

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William James Jackman, M.E., and Thomas Herbert Russell. Flying Machines: Construction and Operation. A Practical Book Which Shows, in Illustrations, Working Plans and Text, How to Build and Navigate the Modern Airship.

1910 edition and 1912 edition at Internet Archive

Thomas Herbert Russell (!) listed as Charter Member of the Aero Club of Illinois, as well as author of books on automobiles and motor boats.

With introductory chapter by Octave Chanute, President of the Aero Club of Illinois. The second edition was published after Chanute's death (23 November 1910) and contains an "in memoriam" paragraph (p. 4). The two editions are similar through p. 218; the second edition contains some new material on recent developments.

Simple introduction to airplane history, mechanics, and operation. Learning to fly:

Don't be too ambitious at the start. Go slow, and avoid unnecessary risks. At its best there is an element of danger in aviation which cannot be entirely eliminated, but it may be greatly reduced and minimized by the use of common sense. (p. 47)

"Speed Affects Weight Capacity" (a corollary of Langley's Law?): "Don't overlook the fact that the greater speed you can attain the smaller will be the surface area you can get along with" (p. 82).

Covers different aspects of piloting, new aircraft designs, engines, aerial law, etc.

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