Taking to the Air
An Illustrated History of Flight
From the crowds who attended the first balloon launches in the 1780s to the millions who watched the Moon landings on television in 1969, people have been fascinated by the spectacle of flight. Focusing on the experience of spectators rather than inventors and aviators, Lily Ford’s history of aviation draws on the British Library’s diverse collection of printed imagery – including posters, book jackets, photographs and wartime propaganda – to trace the cultural impact of flight up to the ‘Space Age’.
The Royal Navy Lynx
An Operational History
This history of the Lynx helicopter, with first-hand accounts from the people who flew and operated it, presents detailed descriptions of its technical development and insights into its versatility. While designed for anti-submarine warfare it has been used in military operations in the Falklands War and the Gulf but also played a role in Arctic deployments, hurricane relief and drugbusting.
The Victor Story
The Handley Page Victor bomber was developed to carry Britain's nuclear deterrent in the late 1950s and repurposed for reconnaissance and refuelling duties from the late 1960s. Photographs of the Victor at all stages of its development and deployment accompany the text in this concise history.
The Right Flyer
Gabriel Voisin, Henry Farman and the Archetype of Aeroplanes
To be a practical, a flying machine must be able to take off unaided under its own power, negotiate a predetermined course and land in a fit state to re-ascend unassisted: the cellular biplane built by Gabriel and Charles Voisin for Henry Farman in 1907 was the first aeroplane to meet those criteria. This illustrated study of the Voisin-Farman venture describes both their technological ingenuity and the cultural ramifications of early flight – not least the rivalry between Europe and America.
Paris-Orly’s history starts in 1910, when the empty land was used as an amateur flying field, before being requisitioned for the war effort. This fully illustrated celebration recounts its early military role, the birth of the trade and commercial hub it became, the development of the infrastructure, and the growth of the city of Orly around the aviation business.
The Magic of a Name: The Rolls-Royce Story
Part Three: A Family of Engines 1987–2002
This third part of Rolls-Royce’s company history picks up the story in 1987 when privatization began a new era for the firm. Both the aeronautical and car businesses struggled in the 1990s, after the recession, and the rights to make Rolls-Royce cars were subsequently sold, but the introduction of the Trent family of turbofan engines restored the company’s fortunes in the aero engine market. Off-mint.
Testing to the Limits
British Test Pilots Since 1910, vol. 2: James to Zurakowski
This second volume includes the multi-talented Harald Penrose, who tested hundreds of aircraft and even built his own sailplane, and Joseph ‘Mutt’ Summers, who tested the prototype Spitfire on its maiden 1936 flight and told the engineers ‘Don’t touch anything’.
Spirit of St Louis
Ryan Monoplane (1927) Haynes Owners' Manual
The San Diego-based Ryan company built the aircraft that Charles Lindbergh famously flew across the Atlantic in 1927, providing a clean airframe, optimized for long-range flight. In addition to a technical analysis of the original plane and a detailed exploration of a recent replica build project, this volume also recounts the triumphant flight and the pilot who became a national hero.
From War to Peace
A Photographer's View of British Aviation During the 1940s
As an aircraft inspector during the Second World War, Richard Riding's father, Eddie, could only take pictures of the planes surreptitiously, but from 1946 to his death in 1950 he amassed many more images and his collection showcases the British aviation scene of the period. Accompanied by detailed captions, the photographs include air-to-air shots of light aircraft, the new generation of passenger craft operating from Croydon and Heathrow and innovations on display at the Farnborough Airshow.
Britain's Imperial Air Routes 1918–1939
The Story of Britain's Overseas Airlines
This reissue of a classic 1960 title looks at the development of British airlines between the wars, focusing on Imperial Airways (which became BOAC), and includes period photographs, an overview of the political background and a comparison with other countries' approaches to aviation.
Aircraft Carrier Impero
The Axis Powers' V-1 Carrying Capital Ship
This revelation of the secret Italian navy scheme to equip their existing battleships as rocket launchers and troop carriers, and the air force's unhelpful interference in the project, includes unpublished documents and sketches from Axis and Russian sources.
The Lost Pilots
The Spectacular Rise and Scandalous Fall of Aviation's Golden Couple
A pioneering flight from England to Australia in the 1920s earned Bill Lancaster and Jessie Miller international fame, but their lives unravelled a few years later when Lancaster was tried for murder. Their sensational story describes the financial and personal troubles that led to the death of Miller's lover and the desperate attempt by Lancaster to rebuild his reputation with a long-distance flight that resulted in disaster over the Sahara Desert.
Empire of the Clouds
The Golden Era of Britain's Aircraft
In 1945 Britain was the world's leading builder of jet aircraft, and in the decade that followed produced planes such as the Comet, Vulcan, Hawker Hunter and Lightning; but by the early 1960s aviation companies such as Avro and Vickers were either gone or struggling. This book fuses the author's memories of British aviation's heyday with tales of the legendary aircraft and test pilots and a rueful history of Britain's loss of self-confidence and power. Special illustrated edition.
From Amelia Earhart to Sally Ride, Making History in Air and Space
This large-format illustrated volume tells the stories of 22 enterprising female aviators who pushed the boundaries of flight, from the record breakers of the 1920s and wartime flyers such as Hanna Reitsch, to commercial pilots of the post-war era and 21st-century astronauts. The historian Bernard Marck describes the challenges faced by each woman, examines their contribution to the history of aviation, and celebrates their skill, courage and determination to succeed.
Reaching for the Sky
One Hundred Defining Moments from the Royal Air Force 1918–2018
Scott Addington uses infographics, fact boxes and photographs to present this concise overview of RAF history, which includes the first military balloon, the design of the roundel insignia, leading aces of the world wars and a list of pilots’ slang. Each entry has played its part in shaping the service, and the selection reflects the innovation, courage and heritage of the world’s first independent air force.
Empire Flying Boat: 1936 to 1947 (Short S.23 'C' Class)
Owners' Workshop Manual
The Short Empire flying boat was primarily intended to carry mail to the far corners of the British Empire but, with room for about 20 paying customers, it also pioneered international passenger aviation in the 1930s, flying regular routes to Egypt, South Africa, Australia and America. This Haynes manual for the aircraft examines its design and operation as well as the experiences of passengers and crew, and is illustrated with technical drawings, cutaway diagrams and archive photographs.
The Dassault Adventure
A First Century of Aviation
This photographic history of the Dassault Aviation company, famous for the Mirage, records the evolution of the family-owned French aircraft manufacturer founded by Marcel Dassault in 1929. Dassault began designing in 1916, creating his innovative Éclair propeller for the French military. A century later, his legacy includes the Mirage and Rafale fighter jets, the Neuron drone and the Falcon 7X business jet, presented here along with many Dassault prototypes, demonstrators and production aircraft, both civil and military, created over 100 years of manufacturing.
The Quest for Speed
Air Racing and the Influence of the Schneider Trophy Contests 1913–31
The Schneider Trophy, a seaplane speed contest held between 1913 and 1931, played an important role in the development of aviation technology between the wars. Manufacturers from rival powers learnt from each other’s innovations and designers developed concepts that would shape the iconic fighters of the Second World War. This book examines each of the competitions and the aircraft entered for them and also assesses how Supermarine’s race-winning planes were developed into the Spitfire.
MiG Aircraft Since 1939
The Russian MiG aircraft company was set up in 1939 and produced some of the world's most advanced and capable military planes during its heyday in the 1950s and 1960s, including the long-serving and widely exported MiG-21. This concise handbook provides descriptions of all MiG aircraft, including prototypes, up to the MiG-35 of 2011, with tables of key data and additional information about model variants.
Having revolutionized air travel in the 1930s, the Douglas DC-3 was adapted so successfully for military use that General Eisenhower identified it as one of the four most important pieces of equipment of the Second World War (along with the Jeep, the bulldozer and the 2½ ton truck). This large-format volume tells the story of the groundbreaking airliner and is extensively illustrated with archive photographs, memorabilia and promotional materials from the DC-3's civil and military career.
East Riding Airfields
Away from the trenches of the First World War, the German Navy launched a bombardment of the east coast of Yorkshire in June 1915 and this, along with the threat of aerial bombardment from zeppelins, provoked the establishment of aerodromes, landing grounds and airship stations across the county. Using archive photographs, maps and illustrations, Geoffrey Simmons pieces together the history of these mostly forgotten sites in the East Riding and the aircraft that flew from them.
Spitfire Manual 1940
Before being let loose in a Supermarine Spitfire, fighter pilots would have to familiarize themselves with the 'Pilot's Notes' which comprehensively detailed the aircraft's equipment, controls and operation. These instructions are reproduced in this book together with examples of log books, combat reports and other contemporary training booklets advising on such skills as identifying enemy aircraft, estimating range and combat flying.
The Evolution of Aviation
Taking the development of flight from balloons to space rockets and supersonic jets, this book details the major steps along the way, highlighting trailblazers such as Charles Lindbergh and jet-engine pioneer Frank Whittle. A congratulatory telegram from Louis Blériot to Amy Johnson, the log book of a Battle of Britain pilot, the Apollo 11 mission report and the fact sheet given to Concorde passengers are among the archive documents reproduced. (Previously published as The Story of Flight.)
Lindbergh, His Competitors, and the Race to Cross the Atlantic
Between 14 April and 21 May 1927, 16 aviators raced to be the first to cross the Atlantic non-stop and collect the $25,000 prize put up by the French-American hotelier Raymond Orteig. The 'Orteig Prize' finally went to Charles Lindbergh and his victory has overshadowed the achievements and the tragedies – six died – of his fellow competitors. Joe Jackson's compelling account of the 'Great Atlantic Derby' of 1927 covers all who took part in that truly perilous race.
The Magic of a Name
The Rolls-Royce Story (Part Two) The Power Behind The Jets 1945-1987
The 1950s and 1960s were pivotal in the development of Rolls-Royce, consolidating its reputation as the world's premier builder of both luxury cars and aircraft engines. This second volume of the company's history tells the story of how it took a lead in jet technology and expanded its sales in these first decades after the war before a financial crisis resulted in nationalization in 1971, and its subsequent recovery during the 1970s and 1980s.