Britain’s Flying Heroes Celebrated in New Book


31 August 2012

LONDON: This week Pen and Sword Books published Heroes and Landmarks of British Aviation by Sussex authors Richard and Peter Edwards. The book tells the dramatic stories of Britain’s aviation pioneers, the men and women who often risked everything to be the first into the skies, to fly the furthest, the highest and the fastest.

The book, which was written by Richard Edwards, uses some of Peter Edwards’ previously unpublished material and is published virtually twenty years to the day after Peter died in 1992. Richard said, “I’ve shared with my late father a lifelong passion for military history and it’s heart-warming to be able to share an author credit with him.”

The book celebrates the people, aircraft and achievements of Britain’s aviation history, from humble airship developments to the demise of Concorde and supersonic passenger flights. Many famous names and aircraft are documented, including Amy Johnson and her around-the-world-flight, Geoffrey de Havilland and the Mosquito, RJ Mitchell and the Spitfire, Frederick Handley Page and the birth of Imperial Airways and Frank Whittle, the inventor of the jet engine.

This year sees many notable aviation anniversaries, including the centenary of the creation of the Sopwith Aviation Company in 1912, the first operational sortie of the Avro Lancaster in 1942 and the introduction of the de Havilland Comet in 1952, the world’s first jet airliner, all of which are chronicled in detail in Heroes and Landmarks of British Aviation.

The book is published in hardback by Pen and Sword Books, September 2012, retail price £25.00, ISBN 9781848846456.

About the Authors

Richard Edwards lives in Horsham, West Sussex and has worked in the media for many years. He has produced a wide range of radio documentaries and features and has contributed to numerous newspapers and magazines.

Peter Edwards wrote The Rise and Fall of the Japanese Imperial Naval Air Service (Pen and Sword Books, 2010) in the late 1980s, but passed away before he was able to see it in print. Richard published the book posthumously in November 2010. Peter was born in London and moved to Worthing, West Sussex with his family in the 1980s. He served in the RAF from 1945 before becoming a school teacher. He died in 1992 at the age of 63.


For more information:

Contact either Laura Lawton, 01226 734267, or Richard Edwards at