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Table of Contents,Preface for Second Edition Introduction Chapter I. The Spell of The Air Chapter II,Wireless Aviation,Chapter III. Why Chapter IV,Aero Technique,How I Designed the,Flying Flea. Chapter VI,Experiments Chapter VII,How I Built the. Flying Flea,Chapter VIII,Chapter IX,Wings Wings,Chapter XI.
The Engine,Chapter XII,The Air Screw,Chapter XIII,Management of. the Engine Chapter XIV, How to Fly the Flea Appendix Corrections to Fig 139 143 144 183. It is with much pleasure that I present to readers who prefer the English tongue a translation of. Le Sport de L Air by Henri Mignet M Mignet is a remarkable man He professes that he is no pilot. he denies that he is a trained engineer he has not been endowed with an abundance of money And. yet he has allowed none of these obstacles to balk him of his determination to find an outlet for his. enthusiasm for aviation, As an amateur designer he has built many kinds of plane and many young men have followed in his. foot steps in the past Dissatisfied with the difficulties of flight he went back to first principles. and produced at last a design which is he claims robust simple to build and safe to fly and four. hundred copies of his machine are being built in France at the moment that I write. But Mignet has done more than this He has captivated a youthful generation he has fired them. with his own enthusiasm and he has proved that the romance and the spirit which inspired the early. pioneers of flight are still with us only waiting fox some such outlet as he has provided. In his book he describes in vivid and arresting language his experiences his ideas and the detain. of his machine I can only hope that in this translation which the Air League of the British Empire. has made the spirit of the Author will live and that very many young men who speak our language will. be encouraged to follow him in this new and exciting Sport of the Air. J A CHAMIER,C B C M G D S O O B E,Air Commodore retired. Air League of the British Empire,19 Berkeley Street.
London England,PREFACE FOR SECOND EDITION, It is less than a month since a first edition of 6 000 copies was put on sale and I am asked to. write a note for the second edition What can I say Mignet s summer tour in England has convinced. the skeptics that the Flea does fly I know that the amateur following the directions in the book. can build a Flying Flea as good as that flown by Mignet himself But you must learn to fly like Mignet. slowly and patiently The machine cannot be learned in an hour or a day a week or a month must be. spent in your apprenticeship in no wind, I repeat that we will be glad to help you but send a stamp for the reply And if you are grateful. for Mignet and his book you might consider joining the Air League which is proud to have introduced. him and it to you,J A CHAMIER,INTRODUCTION, One ambition has been my driving force during these last few years to spread abroad to a friendly. audience the results obtained in following out my ideal The Practice of Aviation. In 1928 following my experiments in which I was beginning to obtain a few real results I. decided to sound public opinion in order to gauge the volume of an interest that I suspected in a. confused way must spread, I wrote a few articles in the papers and then a book in which I explained how with only small. financial means and but a little knowledge I had with my own hands built my small plane. This book in a determined amateur way I produced myself Each page was written and drawn by. my pen and then photographed These negatives assembled on boards in a certain order I. reproduced on zinc by the lithographic process of offset A friendly editor loaned the printing. machine and the sheets were finally bound in a colored cover of my own design. Incredulously my friends saw a small trial edition appear in this way It won t sell they said To. build an aeroplane oneself without special tools without experience it is not possible Even if. something resembling an aeroplane were made who would risk themselves in it Well what. This edition vanished in eight days A second edition quite large this time was sold out in a year. without other publicity than a small notice renewed from time to time in a single periodical After. three years although the last copy has been gone some time I am still receiving orders for it. The movement has started The great family is everywhere I feel myself carried on the strong. shoulders of a multitude of friends, The results obtained the evolution of the movement the progress made following trials in the air.
the correspondence from my readers which keeps me fully occupied guarantee that from all this. something must come Thus I have been working on the material for a new edition for three years. The volume is substantial The old arrangement the work of an amateur will no longer do This. time it s a book a real book which is needed presented in accordance with the resources of modern. printing Will it cost more It doesn t matter I am not a paper merchant In order to be read I. must keep within the reach of the average reader guided by the very stout conviction that. something must come of it, The theme is large It takes many words to evolve ideas I admit humbly that I have only a clumsy. vocabulary where the whichs the whos the hows and the becauses lead the reader a dance. to the detriment of clearness of style What would you my eloquence is of the common type and my. pen runs its little course These few years of solitary camping have not helped to give it grace and. distinction If you follow me to the end you will manage to understand me all right I ask for no. I only wish to have your confidence Believe what I am saying This book is not a love romance of a. naughty little girl It is real It has been lived It has been suffered You will have no need of. queries I have dotted the I of all which concerns myself and my reputation may suffer I will be. accused of a swollen head but I have got it off my chest. The first book held between its lines some immature ideas since then these have become. realities It is no longer necessary to guess my deepest intentions you can read them word by word. To day I say all that I think and I give the details of what is to be built. I shall limit myself to one single type of machine It is no longer the moment to try things out and. to experiment indefinitely I have had the trouble The fruits must be gathered but they must be. ripe fruits, Since it is necessary that the amateur should fly without difficulty should fly without danger I. must give him precise instructions, Readers my correspondents there are many of you who are of my way of thinking you have allowed. me to measure your enthusiasm You have demanded this book of me Here it is. The Flying Flea No 4 begun on the 6th August 1933 took off from the ground on the 6th. September After three months of adjustment in the open it came back to the workshop in good. order after ten hours flight not ten hours of cruising in calm weather under a blue sky but ten. hours of difficult trials ten hours of flight in midwinter in bad weather in rain and in storm Ugly. clouds have scudded under its wheels Fatigue and excessive cold gave me hallucinations in flight. The Flea brought me back A short life but a life spent in hard exercises A proved formula. What have I to fear The failure of my campaign Oh well I can t help it it has got out of hand. it is no longer I Mignet who speaks it is a force which swells of which I am but an echo and which. is everywhere And I proclaim this force since nobody makes. a move since others better instructed than I and more qualified in science in the art of the air. sleep in a stagnation which they call the crisis and which I name blindness. Build my friends Go right ahead The question has never been presented let s present it it will. insist on a solution This solution will certainly come because it interests not only our amateurish. hobbies but the actual progress of human science No man of law no ministerial paper scribbler no. policeman can stand up against the laws of progress. Long Live the Sport of the Air, I go right ahead and listen to no one Will my idea succeed How many people will think me a mad. man How many also will be with me I know, All the worse for the former all the better for the latter Whatever happens what will happen is.
of the greatest interest,Oh how beautiful is our Aviation. The Flying Flea has passed its tests The perfect formula Far from it It can certainly be. improved upon I leave it to amateurs to alter its details to improve its flying qualities I have. brought out the model As it stands it s quite good enough. To aim at perfection would have prolonged my game of promising publication of my book from. quarter to quarter that has been going on for many years I hardly dare believe that I have. reached the last month, To bring out an original model even a simple thing like this is not done as easily one paints a. theatrical scene or improvises an illusion on the cinema screen I am pleased this is now in the past. to certify that everything set down here has been tried out has been lived has been felt has been. thought out has passed through the sieve of trials which have been at times very severe The. isolation the living in camp the heat the cold the lack of funds alas the boiled potatoes and the. rice cooked in water I had to stick to my road since at the end of it was the Flea Without false. shame I admit it What does it matter to me All that is in the past Ahead of us life is cheerful. the machine is small but good It does fly, In my book I put all my confidence all my faith It is the expression of a candid man of a wild. man who is aghast at the useless rush of the century but who loves aviation as he loves his children. as he loves his wife with all his heart and soul,THE FLYING FLEA. THE SPELL OF THE AIR, Why can one not once one has been near it free oneself from the influence of Aviation.
It is a new era which has come to us Is there a new air record or an air catastrophe The papers. are full of flaring headlines and a dispatch of a few lines is expanded to columns of print. Why is this Is it the work of journalists short of copy Certainly not It is done to satisfy the. worldwide interest in air matters It is not unhealthy curiosity it is the response of our inner. beings an instinct old as man,THE ATTRACTION OF ADVENTURE. We pursue adventure on the roads through the lure of speed But the roads are no longer roads. to romance but carry a glut of vehicles past signposts and policemen We fret because we cannot. pass a lorry we return at night blinded by other motorists and terrified of hitting a cyclist Any. adventure we may have lead to the police courts I have no use for the road. But the air there we have it Speed the sense of being a navigator and an explorer the freedom. of wide spaces adventure aviation puts all of them at our disposal. Everyone who has flown is bitten everyone wants to fly again. A flying magazine comes each week to the house and is devoured from cover to cover Names of. pilots constructors and machines become familiar monoplanes biplanes and record breakers take. recognizable shape every aeroplane which passes overhead increases the desire. To fly to live as airmen live Like them to ride the skyways from horizon to horizon across rivers. and forests To free oneself from the petty disputes of everyday life to be active to feel the. blood renewed in one s veins ah that is life, There is one great satisfaction which the sport of aviation can bring and that is the speed with. which one can become versed in it One does not need years of study an engineer s tools or a life. of calculations and figures Alone among vehicles the aeroplane may be built by the amateurs few. directions some patience a little money and in two months your machine is flying. One may have a feeling for a motor cycle a car is no longer a thing for which one has affection. An aeroplane self built that is something which one loves You do not love a thing you buy. Before me is a sleeping mechanism which in a moment leaps into life as the engine starts. The machine moves forward the tufts of grass pass quicker and quicker until they merge into long. blurred lines Suddenly something happens Like a car passing from a rough road to smooth macadam. the machine becomes steadier and hardly touches the earth We pull gently on the stick and the. ground falls away a map in green height without sense of giddiness. The speed What does it matter The sensation is unforgettable it is the recompense of all my. efforts the dreams have come true,I have flown in an aeroplane made by myself. On my aeroplane, Is aviation merely a matter of bounds and of aeroplane trials I know full that it is always taking. me further afield The air road leads to everywhere Ten miles or 1000 miles what does it matter. My machine need not be envious of others it is a real flying machine I dream of magnificent. After a little practice perhaps I can fly across a continent And why not. An aeroplane passes overhead You wave to it Do you think that the pilot sees you or laughs at the. chickens which scatter over the yard No he is looking at his map he is busy flying A storm is. coming up and he sees to it that his safety belt is tightened. HM 14 The Story AVIATION FOR THE AMATEUR THE FLYING FLEA Le Pou du Ciel HOW TO BUILD AND FLY IT Henri Mignet Translated by THE AIR LEAGUE OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE

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