The Royal Air Force inherited its wariness of monoplanes from the Royal Flying Corps and as a consequence persisted with biplanes right up to the outbreak of the Second World War. While this policy stunted monoplane design and development in Britain, its unofficial enforcement produced some of the most outstanding combat aircraft the world has ever seen. Military biplanes necessitated huge and fuel-thirsty engines and made for terrific air displays. Those old enough to recall as children the great Hendon Air Displays and the scream of a Kestrel or the fearsome bark of a Mercury as the fighters and bombers were put through their paces will also recall the awe of sunlight reflected from the silver wings of a fast-flying Fury or Hart. How they contrasted from the dark, drab green two-winged bombers with their slow-turning propellers! In this collection of old pictures, some almost a hundred years old, others from the 1930s, I have attempted to bring to life that most elusive of human emotions – nostalgia! My collection comprises pictures from my own cameras, those of friends, others I have acquired. Some are from the masters of aviation photography such as my late friend Charles Brown, Cyril Peckham and the top photographers from Flight, Aeroplane and others. To these great artists, I express my thanks.
All these titles are A5 in size and comprise 32-pages offering on average 60 pictures each, all with extensive descriptive captions.
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