This book pictures the growth of British air transport from inception in 1910 to the formation of Imperial Airways in 1934 and the beginnings of BOAC. It shows the impetus given to aircraft production in WWI and presents an account of the operational and financial fortunes of each of the principal airlines which began operations shortly after.
The de Havilland Aircraft Company, already an international business, opened an aerodrome in 1930 on farmland which it acquired to the west of Hatfield. However, significant events had already brought aircraft over the town, often de Havillands, for the past twenty years. The companys School of Flying was the first operation to take up residence. ......
The book covers seventy defunct British airlines that have disappeared from our skies since 1946. They ceased trading for various reasons, from financial difficulties to industrial takeovers. It looks at both international and domestic airlines, and has a whole host of famous names, who are gone, but not forgotten.
Many books about airfields have been written but this one covers most of them in one volume. It describes 1700 airfields and provides details of the activities carried out, based units and current status of military bases, civil airfields and farm strips. Over one hundred photographs are included, most of which have not been published previously.
Boulton Paul has been one of the great innovators of British aviation. They built more Camels than Sopwiths, the first all-steel airframe, the largest aircraft ever built in Britain, the first with a power-operated gun turret, the famous Defiant, the first single-engine turboprop, and are now world leaders in power control units and fly-by-wire.