Название: Practical aviation for military airmen
Автор: James Andrew White
Издательство: New York, Wireless press, inc.
Размер: 21 Мб
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It seems to be generally understood that the real value of a textbook's foreword is measured by its helpfulness to the reader in explaining how the volume may be studied to best advantage. Almost without exception, what is said here in front is supplementary and of a postscript nature, for, paradoxically, the foreword is written after the manuscript has been completed.
To explain, or justify, if you choose, the typographical appearance of the pages, necessitates striking the personal note for a minute. The idea had its origin in an informal talk with a noncommissioned officer who was among the students of an aviation ground school class which I conducted at the outbreak of the war. By accident, his notebook came to my hands. It was amazingly comprehensive, covering by diagram and data an entire series of lectures. When I commended the student for its compilation he voiced typically youthful impatience with its limitations. "I try to jot down each important thing you say, Sir," he complained, "but I can't seem to get them verbatim. The diagrams I copy from the blackboard; that is easy. I am never satisfied with my notes, though, because it's so hard to distinguish the vital thing to remember as you go along. Now if I could get everything word for word and devise some system of marking so I could record the relative emphasis of your voice well, I'd call that a real notebook."