British Commercial Aircraft Their Evolution, Development and Perfection
During the 1914-15 War there were visionaries who foresaw a peacetime world where ordinary people would fly. One could also fly the Post Office Mail. Some calculated this would be more profitable than passengers. When, in the early summer of 1919, post-war civil flying began, the pioneering days of merely a decade earlier seemed very far away. The truth was that designing and building civil aeroplanes wasn’t an economic proposition: there were vast numbers of surplus wartime aircraft that could be bought for next to nothing. Thus it was that the first civil airliners and the earliest joy-riding machines ware hastily converted fighter and bomber aircraft
Neither engines nor aircraft were reliable. Indifferent weather and no real navigational aids made for interesting passenger flying: one London to Paris flight involved 17 forced landings en route!
This is the story of how aircraft were designed and built specially for passenger use and traces the struggles of the fledgling airlines such as Imperial Airways to make and meet schedules.
Above all this is the history of some 131 different aircraft types, many of which only existed as prototypes. It also charts the development of the aircraft engine and chronicles navigational and operational aids, and the legislation that controls operations. Described by reviewers as ‘the definitive history’.
704 pages illustrated with 1,286 photographs and facsimiles as well as 78 multiview drawings of rare and unusual aircraft and 131 different commercial aircraft are detailed and illustrated, many with cockpit and cabin pictures. £80.00 plus post and packing
ISBN 1 870384 94 6
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