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                                                English.    Composition

                                                  Time allowed, 1 hour


Select one  of the following subjects, and number it on your answer form as it is numbered

          here :-


1.   Write the story of a stirring naval exploit of the present war.


2.   Give some account of a book you have read or a film you have seen descibing some

          aspects of life at sea.


3.   Describe concisely the work of the A.R.P. services during and after an air raid.



                                                English.     Literature

                                                       ( IVANHOE )

                                                Time allowed,  1 hour


1.   Describe the seige and capture of Torquilstone Castle.


2.   Choose either Athelstane of Coningsburgh, or Locksley, or Isaac of York; show what kind of man he is and what part he plays in the story.


3.   Write concise accounts of any  two  of the following :-

          (a) How the Black Knight fared when he sought shelter with the Clerk of Copmanhurst;

          (b) what  happened to Ivanhoe  between  the  conclusion  of  the  tournament  at Ashby             and his rescue from Torquilstone;

          (c) the Prior Aymer and Isaac in the hands of the outlaws ;

          (d) the trial of Rebecca in the Templar`s hall.


4.       Either -- (a) Make a drawing in ink of Gurth , showing the details of his dress and                          appearance as described on his first entry into the story .  (skill in draughtsmanship                   will not be expected , but clearness and accurate knowledge of detail will be required ;        explanatory notes may be added .)

          Or --       (b) Write in some detail an account of the dress , armour , and appearance of                       Brian de Bois - Gilbert as he is described on his first entry into the story



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                                              History  and  Geography.   Paper 1


                                                 Time allowed,  1 hour


Answer QUESTION 1 and any THREE of the remaining questions . Questions 2--8 carry                  equal marks . Before attempting to answer any question, read it through carefully                and find out exactly what you are asked to do .

Give up the Time - Chart  separately from the answer form .


1.   Place each of the following in its proper place on the accompanying  Time - Chart :-

                   The National Insurance Act ;  the accession of George I ;  the Municipal                          Corporations Act ;  the Authorised Version of the Bible ;  the Great Civil War ;

          Drake`s voyage around the World ; the Elementary Education Act ; the capture of                     Gibraltar ;  the beginning of the National Debt ;  the institution of the Court of the                       Star Chamber .


2.   Choose any  three of the items in Question 1 and explain briefly their importance.


3.   If you had lived in England from  1520 to 1580 , what changes in the religeous life of the       people might you have noticed ?


4.   How was it that James II lost his throne and  William  of  Orange  gained it ?


5.   Why do you think that Napoleon failed to conquer Britain ?


6.    Name the nations , other than Great Britain , that form the British Commonwealth of                        Nations , and describe very briefly two or three outstanding events in the history of any     one of them .


7.   Ceylon ;  Hong Kong ;  Malta ;  New York ;  Nigeria ;  Suez Canal .  Choose three of                   these ; describe as exactly as you can where they are , and show how they are                           connected with our history .


8.   Choose any  two  of the following and say why we should remember them :-

                   John Bunyan ;  Lord Kitchener ;  David Livingstone ;  ( the seventh )  Lord                     Shaftesbury ;  George Washington ;  John Wesley .


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                                           Time allowed. 1˝ hours


             Answer any FOUR  questions.  All questions carry equal marks.


1.   Explain the following :-

          (a) when a bus stops suddenly, standing passengers are liable to fall forward;

          (b) a large weight is necessary to drive a nail into a block of wood if the weight merely rests on the nail-head ; a much smaller weight will suffice if it is used to give a sharp blow to the nail ;

          (c) a hole must be provided in the top of an oil-drum before oil can flow out when the tap at the bottom is opened.


2.   A closed watertight box is built of wood , 1 inch thick , of specific gravity 0.7 ; the outer faces of the box are rectangles , the lengths of the edges being 1 foot, 2 feet and 6 feet.

          Find the depth of immersion of the box when it floats in water with its shorter edges vertical .  How far will the box sink in the water when a man weighing  165 lb. sits squarely on top of it ?    


3.   A pendulum bob weighing  1 kg . is supported by a cord 120 cm. long .  What horizontal force will be necessary to hold  the bob so  that  the cord  makes  an angle of  15°  with the  vertical , and what will then be the tension in the suspension cord ?

     How would you verify the results of your calculation by experiment ?


4.   Draw a diagram to illustrate how a number of pulleys may be arranged as a weight raising machine with a mechanical advantage of 4 , the rope being continuous .   It is proposed to raise a weight of 200 lbs. through  50 feet with this system.    Calculate  

        (a) the distance moved by the free end of the rope,  (b) the horsepower expended in raising the weight at a steady speed in  30  seconds.   Explain why, in practice, the engine will have to develop a greater horsepower than the value you have calculated .                                                       


5.   Describe the construction and mode of action of instruments suitable for the measurement of the pressure of two of the following :-- (a)  a gas main , (b)  an inflated motor tyre ,

(c)  a cylinder used for compressed oxygen , as used for welding .

     State the order of magnitude of the pressure in the cases you have discussed .


6.   Explain the following :--

          (a)  Platinum can be used for the material of wires to be sealed through the walls of a glass tube ;

          (b)  The flame of an oil burning motor car “engine warmer”  is surrounded by a metal cover containing apertures covered with metal gauze .

          (c)  a bandage which has been dipped in methylated spirits feels much cooler than one which has been dipped in water .


7.   Either---(a) Describe the principal properties of gaseous oxygen . How could you prepare           oxygen from some chemical compound ?    How would you show it was identical with            atmospheric oxygen ?

      Or---(b) What is meant by saying that nitrogen is a very inert gas ?  Give three examples

          of compounds of nitrogen which are useful , and explain what they are used for .


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Time allowed 3hours.  Answer  six  questions.  Candidates must attempt the

first   three  questions.



1.       Explain briefly what  you know about the following:-

          (a) S.T.I.     (b) A. 700    (c) A. 701    (d) A.F.Os.  (e) An Alteration.

          (f) S. 156     (g) A. 21.     (h) A. 25.     (i) A. 44.      (j) A.G.S.

          (k) RAF Form 1125        (l) S. 1091.



2.       The port wing of a Seafire has been holed by a cannon shell which

          entered the leading edge and emerged through the upper surface

          about two feet back from its point of entry without  exploding.

          Explain what repairs you will carry out to render the aircraft fully

          serviceable again.



3.       During undercarriage retraction tests on a newly erected Baracuda

          the port leg fails to retract fully.   What has caused this and what

          adjustments  would you make ?



4.       (a)  What methods do you know for combating ice formation on

          aircraft and how are they applied ?


          (b)  Describe with the aid of sketches  the de-icing system in

          the Baracuda.


          (c)  Why are de-icing systems necessary  ?



5.       Describe with the aid of sketches the purpose and operation of

          any  two of the following :-

          (a)  A Lockheed Flow Control Valve.

          (b)  A Dowty Automatic Cut-out.

          (c)  A pneumatic brake relay valve.

          (d)  A Heywood regulator.



6.       An aircraft has made a heavy landing,  what checks would you carry

          out to ascertain that it is not overstrained or stressed ?



7.       Sketch and describe the action of the differential aileron control.

          Why is such a control necessary ?



8.       When examining the control cables of an aircraft , what defects

          would you look for ?    If you decided to renew a control cable,

          What examination would you give it before and after fitting it in

          position  ?


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                                          Final Examination of Air Apprentices (E)


                                                                               JUNE  1944

                                                                     AERO ENGINES

                                                        Time allowed,  3 hours

                  (Answer SIX questions.  Candidates must attempt the first three questions)


1.  What is the exact function of the following components ?  Draw a line diagram of a typical system  incorporating the component :-

                   (a) Viscosity valve.

                   (b) Thermostatic  header tank relief valve.

                   (c) Thermostatic by-pass valve.

                   (d) Amal fuel pressure regulating valve.

                   (e) Fuel tank pressure control valve.


2. (a) Write a brief account on the causes of boost reversal and its effect on the automatic boost control.  Show how these effects are overcome in practice.

(b)How would you adjust the boost limiting or boost reversal stop in a Claudel-Hobson  carburettor?


3.  (a) What do you understand by the “Preloading “ of propeller blades ? How is this achieved in Rotol propellers ?

     (b) With the aid of sketches show how you would adjust the fine pitch setting of a Rotol 5X propeller to  21°  45´ .


4. What are the various fuel / air ratios required by a modern aero - engine ? Show how these are obtained :-

                   (a)  Rolls Royce  S.U. carburretors ,

                   (b)  Claudel - Hobson  carburettors .


5.  Describe with the aid of sketches how you would assemble a Bristol Pegasus connecting rod and crankshaft assembly from the component parts .


6.  Describe the important checks you would carry out during a 30* inspection of a Merlin engine .


7.  (a) What is the advantage of a two speed supercharger ?  Illustrate your answer by means of a graph and indicate on the graph the altitude ant which the gear should be changed .                        (b) Make a diagrammatic sketch of the two supercharger drive for either a Merlin or Pegasus engine.


8.  Describe with the aid of sketches how you would gauge a Pegasus supercharger assembly .


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