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.
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.
A Flying Life
An Enthusiast's Photographic Record of British Aviation in the 1930s
EJ Riding was a well-known aviation enthusiast, engineer and aeromodeller who died in a flying accident in 1950. Compiled by his son, and with technical notes, humorous asides and even his views on the colour schemes, this collection of his photographs of aircraft includes standard shots as well as images of them stripped for maintenance and in crash situations.
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.
Fairey Swordfish Owners' Workshop Manual
1934–45 (All Marks)
Designed in the early 1930s, the Swordfish torpedo bomber was considered obsolete in 1939 but remained in service throughout the Second World War, proving itself versatile and durable. Focusing on the Royal Navy Historic Flight's preserved Swordfish Mark II, LS326, one of only two still flying, this guide explores the aircraft's construction and operation and tells the story of its design and active service.
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)
An Insight into Owning, Servicing and Flying the Short 'C' Class Empire Flying Boat
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-style review of 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.
Combat Aircraft of the United States Air Force
Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives
The United States relied on British and French aircraft designs during the First World War, but during and after the Second World War developed a pre-eminence in military aircraft design and manufacture that has continued up to today's cutting-edge models, such as the bat-winged B-2 stealth bomber. This volume is a succinct and highly illustrated guide to the most notable aircraft deployed, including classics such as the P-51 Mustang and B-52 Stratofortress.
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.
The Spitfire Manual
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.)
A History of Flight through its Martyrs, Oddballs and Daredevils
The mastery of flight has always attracted daring and eccentric characters, such as the American stunt pilot Lincoln Beachey who crashed to his death in San Francisco Bay in 1915. This book tells the story of the brave pioneers who have pushed the boundaries of aviation, from Sophie Blanchard who entertained Napoleon's Paris with her solo balloon displays to today's skydivers jumping from the edge of space. (Previously published as The Rocket Man.)
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 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.