On Home-Made Wings – Two Pots & Thirty-Seven Horses over England

The first volume of the Author’s aviation autobiography describes the Luton Minor, one of Britain’s most successful amateur aircraft designs. Ord-Hume’s close association with this delightful aeroplane is the central theme of this light-hearted (but often hard-hitting) story of his battle against the authorities who would not allow home-made aircraft into the post-war skies. This story tells how the Author, with other like-minded and mostly ex-RAF souls, created the Ultra Light Aircraft Association after the War to campaign for the amateur to be allowed to fly. The success of these early struggles is reflected in today’s Popular Flying Association of which Ord-Hume was a key founder. The Author built his first aeroplane in his Mother’s kitchen – and sprayed it in the dining-room while his parents were away from home! Eventually he received his precious ‘Permit to Fly’ Number One – and could officially take to the skies with a tiny 37hp twin-cylinder engine – hence the subtitle. Superbly and comprehensively illustrated with photographs, drawings and the author’s own cartoons. 214 pages, A4 softback, £17.95 plus post and packing.
IDSBN 1 870384 58 X
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