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Glauert, H. | Wind Tunnel Interference on Wings, Bodies and Airscrews

  • First edition, first impression of this significant work on the interference of wind tunnel walls on the planes being tested.

    Author Hermann Glauert (1892-1934) was a prominent British aerodynamicist specialising in aerofoil and propeller theory. He served as the Principal Scientific Officer of the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough and also wrote the important text The Elements of Aerofoil and Airscrew Theory, published in 1926.

    This copy contains the library stamp of the Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory, which was founded in 1936 as part of the Shadow Factory plan to quickly ramp up aircraft production in case of war. It became the largest and most successful plant of its type during the Second World War, being the largest Spitfire factory in the UK and also producing Lancaster bombers. Immediately after hostilities ended it was taken over by car body specialists Fisher & Ludlow, and is still in operation today, now manufacturing vehicles for Jaguar Land Rover.

  • ...Aeronautical Research Committee Reports and Memoranda No. 1566 (T.3434). September 1933. London: His Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1933.

    Octavo. Original grey cloth, titles to spine and upper board in black. 11 double-sided plates. Ink stamp of the Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory Technical Library. Boards rubbed, marked, and bumped with two knocks on the edge of the lower board, a little spotting to the endpapers, musty smell. Very good condition.