Hon. Maurice Egerton. His Log.
Little is understood of the problems of the early pioneers, it is easy to read about their achievements, performing ‘firsts’, setting records etc. from which you may come away with the impression they merely mounted a machine and realized their ambition.
To understand the hard work they put in resolving problems, being thwarted by adverse weather etc., you need to study the logbooks some of these men kept. In this we have been fortunate, thanks to the generosity of one of our correspondents. Jim Rait, who is researching the work of Egerton, has kindly donated some of his findings and permits us to publish them online, from this you will come to realise the tremendous effort that Egerton and others expended, as Wilbur Wright said ‘If you are looking for safety, you will do well to sit on a fence and watch birds, but if you wish to learn, you must mount a machine and become acquainted with it’s tricks’.
Access Jim Rait’s ‘The Pilot's Logbook of Maurice Egerton. 1909/1911’ HERE
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