Air Ministry/ War Dept Publications


RFC Training Manual Part 1 & 2 (1914) – Ultra rare !

An incredibly rare pair of WW1 Royal Flying Corps Training Manuals.

This set has the distinction of not only being in superb condition but it is also named to G S Farmann who appears to have been a member of the RFC. 

This book is almost certainly the first English language volume dealing with the tactical doctrine for the employment of (Royal Flying Corps) aircraft in wartime.

In modern parlance it is the first British book of Air Power Doctrine. Written largely by Lt Col Frederick Sykes (arguably the father of the Royal Flying Corps), it was published in early 1914, even before the British Declaration of War on Germany. It is a remarkable book, not only because its guidance is based only on observation of a very few pre-war exercises involving aircraft (the RFC only formed its first fixed-wing squadron in late 1912) but also because much of its content would still be recognisable to a modern military pilot. 

A quick search on the internet reveals only one copy of the first volume for sale for £800 in very poor condition! 

This is very scarce opportunity.

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