The best source of information about early aero engines is the Airplane Engine Encyclopedia written by Glenn D. Angle and published in 1921. One first edition copy of this rare book is in our collection. Glenn D. Angle was an aeronautical engineer and with the Rickenbacker motor company designed an aviation engine. Patents were later purchased by the Leblond engine company and by Audi (DKW) in Germany.
Google scanned a copy from the Michigan University and this is this scan which is available on Avialogs (free of charge - other manuals on this page requires subscription). You can see it and download it here:
Jean-Claude Beernaert shared with Avialogs several manuals of his collection, among them:
The oldest engine notice we have is from 1913 and dedicated to the V8 Renault engine and published by HMSO. This engine was used on early aeroplanes and dirigibles.
This document is scanned and available online: https://www.avialogs.com/index.php/engines/france/renault/renault-v8-engine.html
Other documents we own are early technical notices. Air Board Technical Notes comes in two volumes, one dedicated to aircraft rigging and the second one to airplane engine maintenance. This manual is a composite of several engines technical notes, and you can find some differences between copies.
The following engines are covered:
- Clerget 110 HP
- R.A.F 1 90 HP
- RAF 3A 200 HP
- Two versions of Technical Notes for the Gnome 80HP:
- Gnome Monosoupape 100 HP
- Beardmore 120 HP
- Siddeley Puma
Hispano Suiza engine were widely used and produced during the first world by several factories. One of them was LeFlaive & cie in St Etienne, France. Document is not yet scanned.
As new notices and manuals are added to Avialogs collection on a regular basis, updates will be posted frequently.
Benoit de Mulder