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Comment: Paperback, 1971, Smithsonian Institution Press.134 pages. A Lightning source reprint. Corners bumped and there are some marks to the white cover.
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Aircraft Propulsion: A Review of the Evolution of Aircraft Piston Engines Paperback – 1 Mar 2011

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  • Paperback: 146 pages
  • Publisher: MilitaryBookshop.co.uk (1 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780392702
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780392707
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 0.8 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,524,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I wonder where Pratt and Witney and Wright would have been without Bristol, but I also wonder where Rolls Royce would have been without Curtiss - if Fairy hadn't bought the rights to production of Curtiss engines it wouldn't have been the catalyst for the Rolls Royce Merlin.
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent general treatise from a contemporary standpoint. 6 Mar. 2016
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As mentioned in another review, this is indeed a dated book. I purchased it to work on rounding out the volumes published in this series by the Smithsonian over 40 years ago.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent look at aircraft engine development! 4 Aug. 2015
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This is an excellent review of the beginnings of aircraft engines. The author, C. F. Taylor, provides a great deal of technical information, along with interesting personal insights. Helpful illustrations and a comprehensive bibliography make this a must read/must have book for anyone interested in engines.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dated, but fascinating 10 July 2015
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Dated but comprehensive work, from an "I was there" true expert. Very useful in combination with other volumes.
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