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How to Fly a Plane

How to Fly a Plane
Nick Barnard
Photography by Lucy Pope

Experiencing the freedom of the skies from the cockpit may seem like a flight of fancy, but there’s now a whole new world of modern, efficient and exciting composite light planes taking to the air, as well as lovingly preserved vintage and classic planes, making flying easier and more accessible than ever before.

This unique guide covers all the fundamentals of flying and its required skills, from takeoff to landing. Step-by-step illustrations and thrilling firsthand experiences lead you through the various stages of flying a plane by putting you in the pilot’s seat, taking you through complicated concepts and breaking them down into accessible language. It also gives a taster of what it’s like to fly eight different historic and world-renowned aircraft for the very first time, from a high-performance glider and classic biplane to a Second World War fighter and wide-body passenger plane. The excitement of flight is revealed in all its forms – from slow to fast planes, from historic biplanes of wood and fabric to stunt machines made of exotic composite, and from a four-seater training aircraft to an executive jet.

Both informative and inspiring, this book is the perfect resource for all would-be and novice pilots, engineers, aircraft enthusiasts, designers, travellers or anyone who is simply curious.

Nick Barnard is a writer, publisher and stunt pilot, as well as the co-founder of the Yakovlevs display team. A widely experienced pilot, he is particularly fond of flying the Yak 50 and the Sukhoi 29.

Lucy Pope is a lifestyle, interiors and portrait photographer whose work has appeared in many high-profile publications, including the bestseller You Can Do It: The Complete B&Q Step-by-Step Book of Home Improvement.
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