Britain's Airlines 1919-1963
Paperback 208pp Illustrated
9781848689930   Product Code: 20955
Despite Winston Churchill's remark that 'civil aviation must fly by itself', competition from foreign, state-sponsored carriers in the 1920s encouraged the government to form a subsidized national airline, Imperial Airways, by amalgamating a number of small private companies. This book traces the political and corporate manoeuvres that shaped the industry from this point, through the tribulations of BEA and BOAC, to the re-emergence of private operators such as Freddie Laker in the 1950s.