- 155 pages and 21 plates, in English
- 13,5 x 22,5 cm (cover is my design)
- available downloading 4 articles of the M.W.R.
KITE EXPERIMENTS AT THE
author Charles Frederick Marwin,
first published in the Monthly
Weather Review in April, May, June and July 1896, then reprinted
in 1901 as a booklet.
It is one of the first comprehensive
and scientific work on kites. It is based on experiments.
It doesn't explain why a kite is flying, but how it is flying
and how to improve the flight with regards to its lifting
force and to its stability. The fundamentals explained in
this work have had a great beneficial influence on the followers
and are still valid nowadays.
I found that the concept of efficiency
is a great value to understand kites (it is described on
page 69 of the booklet or page 238 of the July issue). The
21 plates are totaling 75 figures, some of which have been
so many times reproduced. It is unfortunate that so many
authors have used these figures to illustrate their papers
and have totally ignored the fruitfulness of the contents.
I haven't see any download of the
booklet, but each paper of the Monthly Weather Review is
available through the A. M. S. web site. Herebelow are the