Aircraft Propulsion: A Review of the Evolution of Aircraft Piston Engines Paperback – 1 Mar 2011
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I decry the complete abscense of Napier in Aircraft Engine engineering books they produced the Napier Sabre the most powerful piston engine of the Second World War and were constantly snubbed by the establishment because Rolls Royce was all powerful in the corridors of Westminster and Whitehall. The 24 cylinder Napier Saber could have been so much better if it had got a tenth of the support Rolls Royce has enjoyed, and Rolls Royce couldn't have been Rolls Royce - without Napier!
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From a technical stand point this book provides a excellent treatise from a then contemporary standpoint. Given that aircraft piston engine development has more or less flat-lined from a mechanical design stand point for some time, this is an excellent one volume purchase for a basic library. I would recommend that following two volumes also be purchased;
1. "History of Aircraft Piston Engines: Aircraft Piston Engines from the Manly Balzer to the Continental Tiara" by Herschel Smith be purchased as a companion volume to give a more complete overview of the development and use aircraft piston engines.
2. "Development of Piston Aero Engines" by Bill Gunston which provides excellent technical descriptions.
These 3 books will provide a superlative overlapping collection on aircraft piston engines. They will give great overview of design, development and use with this book providing a excellent first hand perspective.