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Here's a selection of books we've found useful.


On Jet Engines (Technology) :-


The Jet Engine - Rolls Royce (ISBN 0-902121-2-35)

This book is the official R-R book for students following engineering disciplines and engineers alike.  It is an absolutely amazing book and every time its re-read you'll find something else out. There are pictures and diagrams galore in this book. It's 288 pages of sheer turbine heaven and takes you right through each of the core components, right down to bearings and screws, and uses current Rolls-Royce engines as models.  Older versions frequently appear on eBay. (BEJ)


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World Encyclopedia of Aero Engines - Bill Gunston (ISBN 0-85059-717-X)

This book does what it says on the lid. It's for both turbine lovers and petrol heads alike.  It covers piston engines, straight and radial, and all type of gas turbine engine. Written by one of the worlds foremost oily rags Bill Gunston it's an A to Z of engines listed by manufacturer with plenty of photos and history behind each entry.   There's some amazing entries and details of manufacturers who you'd never thought would have entered the aero race. (BEJ)


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Jet Engines - Fundamentals of Theory, Design and Operation (ISBN 1-85310-834-0)

With a title like this you'd only expect this book to do one thing. And it does it very nicely. It's pretty scientific at times, but this is supported by plenty of diagrams and pictures.  It starts at the front of a jet engine, the compressor, and ends up at the back talking about thrust reversers. Everything is done in a logical order and the chapters are easily digested on account that at just over 230 pages, each section is kept relatively short but packed full of information. (BEJ)


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On Jet Engines (Frank Whittle / Rolls-Royce / the early years) :-


Jet - The Story of a Pioneer - Frank Whittle

This book is currently out of print, but you may be able to find it in a library.  That's where we found it and it's a very interesting read as it was penned by Frank Whittle himself back in 1953.  We thought it's worth including in our book review, it's a bit sciency in places but is enjoyable and gives a great impression of past times with the language and wording used. It's a hardback book as you'd expect and ours didn't have a dust cover. (BEJ)


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Genesis of the Jet - John Golley (ISBN 1-85310-860-X)

Both John Golley and Bill Gunston have a superb background in aeronautical matters and this book is no exception. Charting Whittle's struggle in trying to get his idea off the ground (literally!) with little or no help from the British Government at the time this book deals with the science behind the ideas as well as the life of the man and his staff at the time, right up to the times of Concorde. A book none of us could put down.  (BEJ).


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Frank Whittle - Invention of the Jet - Andrew Nahum (ISBN 1-84046-538-7)

Written by a Senior Curator of Aeronautics at the London Science Museum, the author takes us on the struggle of a brilliant young Air Cadet who to most of his superiors has ideas above his station. They could not see his idea for a fighter plane without a propellor. Written as an account of history rather than science anyone who reads this will, if in the same situation now, feel inspired to go out into the shed and bash bits of metal.  (BEJ).


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Click to see a larger imageNot Much of an Engineer - Sir Stanley Hooker (ISBN 1-85310-285-7)

Sir Stanley Hooker, known by his initials at R-R as SGH, joined the company in 1931 and pioneered their development of superchargers for the legendary Merlin engine. This book takes the reader on an incredible journey from humble beginnings right to his technical directorship of Rolls-Royce before and after the collapse of the company in 1971 and includes some fantastic detail of the ever popular RB211 turbofan engine. The book is an autobiography and contains SGH's humour all the way through. (BEJ).


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The Worlds Greatest Aircraft - Christopher Chant and Michael J.H. Taylor (ISBN 1-85361-490-4)

With very good drawings rather than photos this is a hardback landscape book boasting 445 pages of every aircraft from propellor to jet, light aircraft to passenger jets. Each entry supported by a synopsis of facts and figures and a brief outline of the aircraft. Great for air shows. (BEJ)

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Introduction to Flight - John D. Anderson, Jr (ISBN 0-07-109282-X)

Ok, this is not light reading!  Aimed at degree level folk or anyone needing an in depth understanding of the principles of flight. As with most of these type of books there are a large number of diagrams, graphs and sketches. If it's your aim to get airborne and know what's holding you in the sky then this is for you.  A small forest gave up its life for this publication, it weighs in at a whopping 766 pages of pure aerodynamic head scratching fun. (BEJ)

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Airliners of the World - Stewart Wilson (ISBN 1-87567144-7)

Another one for airshows and plane spotters.  An illustrated timeline of the world's passenger carrying airliners detailing a page-by-page  summary of each aircraft with 2D line drawings and supported by photographs.  Each entry is headed by a "supertrumps" type listing giving performance, weight, powerplant and dimensions. It also lists the worlds airlines, past and present with their liveries.  (BEJ)


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Concorde the complete inside story - Brian Trubshaw  (ISBN 0-7509-3954-0)

The only reference to the historic Anglo-French world famous supersonic marvel you'll ever need. With a foreword by Captain Jock Lowe, who has so many letters after his name it totals more than his name itself, and written by Brian Trubshaw who was the Chief Test Pilot who has clocked up more than 30 years of flights with Concorde you just know this is going to be a good book. The photos are amazing and at the end of it you'll want to cry that she's no longer flying. (BEJ)


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Wrecks and Relics - Ken Ellis (ISBN 1-85780235-7)

This is an annual publication and is an invaluable tool to the scavenger!  It lists sites and sightings of various aircraft, both old and new, all over the UK. Cross indexed and listed mainly as an A to Z by county the author includes photos and as much detail where applicable.  Sometimes its a museum, sometimes its an old spitfire stuck in a field with cobwebs. But whatever your aero needs this will enable you to scavenge for bits like the best of us! (BEJ)


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Model Jet Engines :-


Model Jet Engines - Thomas Kamps (ISBN 1- 900371-91-X)

One of two leading experts in the world (the other is below) on building small working model jet engines for use in model aircraft, or if you don't fly (like us) putting on your bike!  It's really micro-engineering at its best. Big dedicated page-wide diagrams and details on construction, test and theory.  Even if you're not a skilled workman, you'll soon feel the need to try your hand at turning with a lathe if you read this. (BEJ)


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Gas Turbine Engines for Model Aircraft - Kurt Schreckling (ISBN 1-9510589-1-6)

This is the defacto standard model gas turbine engineers book.. Written by the maker of the definitive KJ-66 model engine, Kurt Schrekling, the author takes you through the theory and calculations for making your own working model jet engine with the dimensions of a can of baked beans!  Like our friend Mr. Kamps above, you'll want to start remembering those metalwork lessons from school immediately if you read this. (BEJ)


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