THE FLYING FLEA ("LE POU-DU-CIEL") : HOW TO FLY AND BUILD IT.

Mignet, Henri.


£75.00




Sampson Low, 1st Eng., lang., translated ed., n.d., (1934). Xv + 269 pp., frontis., -photo + 70 sketches. D.j., 22 x 14cm. Some loss to d.j., at ends of spine + edge-wear ; edges foxed o/w V.G. The French author was a trained engineer in the embryonic fields of electrical power and radio and as an amateur designer he built many kinds of plane. The so-called 'joke', the HM.14 Pou du Ciel, or Flying Flea, was indeed short-lived but during its time this little alternative aircraft and the whole philosophy of life espoused by its creator, spawned a craze that literally held the populace of France and Britain in its grip. In this book, the author describes in vivid detail and arresting language his experiences, ideas and the details of his machine. Chapters cover : The Spell of the Air ; Wireless and Aviation ; Why ; Aero-Technique ; How I Designed the Flying Flea ; Experiments ; How I Built the Flying Flea ; Materials ; To Work ; Wings ! ; The Engine ; The Airscrew ; Management of the Engine ; How to Fly the Flea ; Appendix. First English Edition in its dust-jacked.


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