Yourself to Fly
Teach Yourself to Fly was one of the
first titles published in the Teach Yourself series. Written in
1938, on the eve of the Second World War, this book's main purpose
was to prepare all short-service pilot recruits and conscripts
before they were called for service. Recommended by the Air
Ministry, this book was studied religiously by thousands of young
men, some as young as 17.
This wartime edition (1941) encapsulates the feeling of the time;
the tone is endearing, inspiring, nostalgic and often humorous yet
the seriousness of its purpose looms like a dark shadow above. From
the 1938 edition of Teach Yourself To Fly: Your First Solo Flight
will be made a great deal sooner if you study this book, for you can
master the theory before you even come in contact with the 'plane.
Straightforward statement and clear diagrams make its instruction
easy to grasp.
You can save your instructor's time and patience and that is A
SERVICE TO YOUR COUNTRY. The limitations of this book, as pointed
out by the author, remain the same now as they were in 1938: The
title, 'Teach Yourself to Fly', I do not intend to be taken
literally.However confident the reader may feel when he has reached
the last page, it will not be advisable for him to go to an
aerodrome and jump into a waiting aeroplane in the belief that he
will be able to fly it. For he may have overlooked the direction in
which you push the rudder-bar, as I did, or some equally important
And no aeroplane-owner exactly welcomes the man who cracks his
aeroplane up for him. In 2008 Teach Yourself will celebrate its 70th
anniversary. As part of our plans to commemorate this publishing
phenomenon, we will publish four facsimiles of some of our quirkiest
and classic titles. Each of these facsimiles will look and feel
exactly like the originals; hardback, dust-jacket, end papers. They
will be beautiful (and very competitively priced) little books.