The early days of commercial aviation in Britain were an uphill struggle as operators tried to establish air services using converted military aircraft. The first London Airport was at Hounslow Heath where the very earliest commercial flights took place. Then there was Cricklewood, Croydon, Heston and, finally Heathrow. This comprehensively illustrated book looks at how people flew, the aircraft that inaugurated not just flights to Paris and the rest of the Continent, but eventually to span the globe, reaching to the Cape, India and Australia. The giant HP.42 airliners, the spacious and luxurious Empire flying boats and the way in which they were operated is told in this book, the first in a Stenlake series titled 'British Aviation History in Old Photographs. Published by Stenlake Publishing Ltd, Catrine, 2010. 227 carefully-chosen illustrations, 112 pp, decorative paper covers, ISBN 978 184 0335149. £16.00 direct from the Author or contact the publisher at