The Royal Naval Air Service in the First World War
Aircraft and Events as Recorded in Official Documents
This collection of original documents records First World War air missions involving the Royal Naval Air Service (which would be merged with the RFC to form the RAF in 1918). Accompanied by numerous illustrations and reproductions of official paperwork, charts and flying maps, it provides insight into seaplane recovery and experiments with hydrovanes and flotation gear.
Godfather to British Naval Aviation
Frank McClean's inherited wealth allowed him to indulge his passion for flying in the early years of the 20th century, and his provision of training planes and a site for a Royal Navy flying school were crucial in establishing a British military aviation capability before the First World War. This illustrated biography examines McClean's influence as well as his own pioneering exploits, which included a headline-grabbing flight up the Thames, passing under the bridges, and an expedition up the Nile.