Born of Adversity

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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.

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Born of Adversity

Born of Adversity

Britain's Airlines 1919-1963

Paperback208pp Illustrated

9781848689930     Product Code: 220955

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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.

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