Aircraft of To-Day; A Popular Account of the Conquest of the Air

Aircraft of To-Day; A Popular Account of the Conquest of the Air

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ...following is quoted: "There are moments when, sailing full speed, a headwind blowing at thirty miles an hour holds us so firmly that we cannot make more than a foot of headway. Deep below, upon the sunny, rocky surface of the earth, I observe the shadow of our ship as she painfully essays--one might almost say inch by inch--to advance. Above, the giant propellers revolve around their axes at such a mad, deafening speed that they resemble immobile glittering discs. From them the sun reflects shimmering copper-red rays, through which one now and then can y peer as through a veil. Further along the horizon snowwhite clouds take their envious way--envious, because they must go where the wind listeth. We bid the wind defiance or overwhelm it. We go where we please. "As I now look below, our shadow glides faster over meadows, lakes, houses, villages, cities, forests, and, as we emerge from the narrow passage into which the crosswind has churned and pressed itself, this gigantic shadow sweeps over the kaleidoscopic landscape with the velocity of an express train. "I scramble from the saloon amidships. Through its side-walls and floor one has a view which, because of its uniqueness, never loses its fascination. I climb into the after-car of the ship. A long, high, secure passage-way, shut off on the sides with balloon-cloth, leads to a slanting aluminium gangway, and thence into the car below. "Here unfolds itself for the first time the full panorama of the world below, around, and above us. For a fleeting moment I try vainly to combat the temptation of omnipotence; for a second I am overcome with the intoxicating consciousness of sovereignty in the supreme degree--of mastery over height and space--mastery over depth and more

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  • Paperback | 84 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 168g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236530462
  • 9781236530462