Heroes and Landmarks of British Aviation ** eBook Edition Now Available **

Heroes and Landmarks of British AviationHeroes and Landmarks of British Aviation by Richard and Peter Edwards, published by Pen and Sword Books (Aviation), is now also available as an e-book.

It is available online from a wide range of  e-book retailers, including on Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes and Noble’s Nook and Kobo.

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. Continue reading “Heroes and Landmarks of British Aviation ** eBook Edition Now Available **”

From Brabazon to Britannia: Bristol’s Post-War Civil Aviation Developments

Bristol BrabazonOn 23 December 1942 the British government established a special committee chaired by Lord Brabazon of Tara to investigate the country’s post-war civil aviation needs. The Brabazon Committee’s final report outlined the need for a number of key aircraft to be developed, which included a long-haul transatlantic airliner, a smaller shorter-haul airliner that could service the Empire routes and a high-speed jet-engine airliner capable of speeds in excess of 500mph.

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RJ Mitchell and the Spitfire’s Schneider Heritage

Supermarine S4It was RJ Mitchell’s revolutionary design for the Supermarine S4, an all-wooden, racing monoplane seaplane intended for the 1925 Schneider Trophy air-race, that evolved into Britain’s most famous and iconic Second World War fighter aircraft, the Spitfire.

Supermarine aircraft won the prestigious air-race five times, but it was the three successive victories between 1927 and 1931 that enabled Britain to win the cup outright and to retain the trophy. Continue reading “RJ Mitchell and the Spitfire’s Schneider Heritage”