The book tells the dramatic story of Britain’s aviation industry from the earliest pioneers to the government nationalisations that ultimately fashioned their destiny.
The heroes are Britain’s most innovative aviators and their aircraft, those who persevered to be the first into the air, to fly the fastest, the highest and the furthest.
This broad and highly accessible books ranges from the first man to fly across the English Channel from England to France to the development of the Spitfire and from the disastrous R101 airship to the development of the jet engine and ultimately the world’s first supersonic airliner. Click here to buy your copy.
Each chapter looks at a different aviation pioneer and the flying machines that they designed, exploring their engineering landmarks, their triumphs and their disasters. Many of the industry’s most prominent names are profiled, including Ernest Willows, the Short brothers, Geoffrey de Havilland, Vincent Richmond, George White, Thomas Sopwith, Harry Hawker, RJ Mitchell, Herbert Smith, Charles Rolls, Henry Royce, Reginald Pierson, Alliott Verdon-Roe, Frederick Handley Page, Robert Watson-Watt, Robert Blackburn and Frank Whittle.
Behind the personal stories are the histories of the aircraft companies that the pioneers created, those that went bankrupt and those that lasted the test of time, companies that have become indivisible from British aviation folklore, such names as Sopwith, Handley Page, Avro, Supermarine, Blackburn, Bristol, Fairey and Rolls-Royce.
The book covers the mergers and acquisitions that led to the creation of two major aircraft manufacturers, Hawker Siddeley Group and the British Aircraft Corporation, and how barely two decades later, before the century was out, they were nationalised to form British Aerospace.
By the same author, available in hardback and e-book:
The Rise and Fall of the Japanese Imperial Naval Air Service, published by Pen and Sword (Aviation), is now available as an e-book. In addition to the hardback edition the book is published in a wide variety of e-book formats, including Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes and Noble’s Nook and Kobo. Click here to buy your copy.
Through vivid accounts of the air and sea battles that raged across the Pacific the book provides an in-depth history of the Japanese Imperial Naval Air Service and illustrates how the United States re-established its military dominance following the attack on Pearl Harbor.