Aircraft Maintenance and Service by Rollen Drake

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6″ x 9″
368 pages

This is a high quality facsimile of Aircraft Maintenance and Service by Colonel Rollen H. Drake, originally published in 1949.

In simple non-technical language, this book provides the layman, student, teacher, or mechanic with the fundamentals of aircraft maintenance and service.

It not only explains what operation to perform but shows how it should be done. Step by step, the rules for inspection, the methods for examining and repairing all parts of typical light aircraft are given, with particular attention to the theory underlying each branch of maintenance.

As the service problems of a large modern aircraft require men who are experts in many fields, the subject matter includes the information needed by the woodworker, welder sheet-metal worker, machinist, electrician, the instrument-specialist and all-around, certified mechanic. Advice is offered on what particular woods, metals and alloys to use and the special techniques required for each.

This book should furnish all material necessary to qualify for the C.A.A. aircraft mechanic certificate in 1949. Special attention has been given to the approved repaired required by the C.A.A.

Abundantly illustrated, this book will serve as an excellent text for courses in Vocational and Trade Schools, Aviation Ground Schools and Rehabilitation Programs. It will also interest the casual reader, and the certified mechanic will find it a useful guide and reference book.

About Colonel Rollen H. Drake:

He is particularly well qualified to give instruction in aircraft work. During World War II he served as Chief of the Airman Agency United of the Civil Aeronautics Administration under which all CAA approved ground schools operated. He also served as Senior Technical Examiner for the United States Civil Service Commission. In addition, he had wide experience in teaching technical and vocational work in aviation ground schools and in high schools and vocational schools.


Component Parts of the Airplane
General Maintenance of the Airplane
The Light Airplane
Technical Drawings
General Safety Practices
Glues, Glued Joints, and Plywood
Dopes and Finishes
Approved Repairs
Woods Used in Aircraft
Metals Used in Aircraft
Alloys Used in Aircraft
Fabric Covered Construction
Plywood Construction
Typical Wood and Fabric Repairs
Welded Repairs
Drilling, Burring, Filing, and Riveting in Sheet Metal Repairs
Layout and Bend Allowance
Forming Sheet Metal

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