Image from page 534 of "American homes and gardens" (1905)
Title: American homes and gardens
Publisher: New York : Munn and Co
Contributing Library: Smithsonian Libraries
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F the aeroplane is ever to play as important a part in our daily lives as the automobile or the horse, if every suburbanite, ten years, and possibly five years hence, is to fly his own biplane or monoplane, if flying is indeed to become the sport which pres- ent-day prophets assert, it is possible that country and certainly city architecture will be modified in style. This modification will occur not because an aero- plane is bigger than an automobile, measuring, as it does, from thirty to forty feet in span, but, curiously enough, because of the manner in which it must start and alight. Like every soaring bird, an aeroplane must be in motion before it can fly. It cannot start straight up from the ground. There must be a preliminary run that may vary in length from a hundred feet to a hundred yards, depend- ing upon the speed of the machine and the skill of the aviator. How necessary is this initial run, even in the case of a soaring bird, is set forth in the following graphic- description of the commencement of an eagle's fl i g h t (the writer was in Egypr, and the "sandy soil" was that of the banks of the Nile) : "An approach to within 80 yards aroused the king of birds from his apa- thy. He partly opens his enormous wings, but stirs not yet from his Station. Parseval airship casting its shadow on Chemnitz, Germany On gaining a few feet more he begins to walk away with half-expanded, but motionless, wings. Now for the chance. Fire! A charge of No. 3 from eleven bore rattles audibly but ineffectively upon his densely feathered body; his walk increases to a run, he gathers speed with his slowly waving wings, and eventually leaves the ground. Rising at a gradual inclination, he mounts aloft and sails majestically away to his place of refuge in the Libyan range, distant at least five miles from where he rose. Some fragments of feathers denoted the spot where the shot had struck him. The marks of his claws were traceable in the sandy soil, as, at first with firm and decided digs, he forced his way; but as he lightened his body and increased his speed with the aid of his wings, the imprints of his talons gradually merged into long scratches. The measured distance from the point where these vanished to the place where he had stood proved that with all
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the stimulus that the shot must have given to his exertions he had been compelled to run full 20 yards before he could raise himself f r o m the earth." In some respects, the problem of alight- ing is more difficult than that of starting, because the machine m ust approach the ground at high speed in order to ride safely over the ground ed- dies, the swirls and waves that circulate near the ground. The aeroplane is accord- ingly mounted either
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