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KNIGHTS OF THE AIR: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE EXTRAORDINARY PIONEERS WHO FIRST BUILT BRITISH AEROPLANES., King, Peter.
1 King, Peter. KNIGHTS OF THE AIR: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE EXTRAORDINARY PIONEERS WHO FIRST BUILT BRITISH AEROPLANES.
University of Iowa Press, Iowa City, 1989. 
544 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0877452652 "(The) story of the men who spent their youth designing and building England's first flying-machines: the men who pioneered the British aircraft industry. Some of their airc raft have achieved immortality - the legendary Pup, Camel, Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster. But of the men who designed and built them, men like Frederick Handley Page, Tommy Sopwith, George Holt Thomas and Geoffrey de Havilland, perhaps o n l y R o l ls and Royce are still household names. These pioneers of aviation development began to build their empires during Worl;d War I, although several of them crashed during the bleak period that followed. World War II revived their fortun es , as so me ho w they met the challenge of enormously increased production and helped save England from invasion. They tested the early jets and speedily built the first post-war jet airliner. But already they were making errors which would res ult i n b a nkr upt cie s, forced mergers and foreign takeovers. Peter King describes the knight in all their glamour, skill, idiosyncrasy, greed, flair and desire for power. Quotations from previously unpublished papers, from colleagues and cont empo rar ies, a nd f rom cust omers (governments, the British Air Force, commercial airlines) for the first time describe how wilful they could be, as well as how brilliantly enterprising and entertaining." Slight wrinkling at bottom of spine, min or so ilin g on bot tom o f te xt bl ock. Dust jacket has minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. Very Good+/Very Good+ 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
RECONNAISSANCE & BOMBER AIRCRAFT OF THE 1914-1918 WAR., Lamberton, W.M., compiler.  Edited by E.F. Cheesman.  Produced by D.A. Russell.
2 Lamberton, W.M., compiler. Edited by E.F. Cheesman. Produced by D.A. Russell. RECONNAISSANCE & BOMBER AIRCRAFT OF THE 1914-1918 WAR.
Letchworth Harleyford 1962 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good- No Jacket J.D. Carrick and F.A. Yeoman. 
231 pp, 11 1/4" H. Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, 1/72 scale 3-view drawings (many fold out), colour frontispiece. Contents: Foreword by E.F. Cheesman; About this Book, by D.A. Russell, M.I.Mech.E.; Duties of Reconnaissance and Bomber Aircraft 1914-1918, by W.M. Lamberton; Equipment ditto; Camouflage and Markings of Reconnaisance and Bomber Aircraft, by Bruce Robertson; Aircraft Photo-Pages; Data tables; Index. Four old tape residue/removal marks on front free endpaper, cigarette odor, light toning to edges of pages, very light browning to edges of text block, light wrinkling to fore-edge of some pages - due to handling, very small curl to bottom corner of pages, 4" light thin pen line on rear board, small area of glue residue on front board, light wear at corners and bottom of spine, small bump at bottom of spine. 
Price: 50.00 USD
 
 
FIGHTERS: ATTACK AND TRAINING AIRCRAFT 1914-1919.  THE POCKET ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF WORLD AIRCRAFT IN COLOUR SERIES., Munson, Kenneth.  Illustrated by John W. Wood, with Michael Baber, Norman Dinnage, William Hobson, Alan Holiday, Tony Mitchell, Allen Randall.
3 Munson, Kenneth. Illustrated by John W. Wood, with Michael Baber, Norman Dinnage, William Hobson, Alan Holiday, Tony Mitchell, Allen Randall. FIGHTERS: ATTACK AND TRAINING AIRCRAFT 1914-1919. THE POCKET ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF WORLD AIRCRAFT IN COLOUR SERIES.
Blandford, London, 1968, first edition. 
183 pp, 7 3/8" H, hard cover in dust jacket. Colour plates. "When war broke out in Europe in August 1914 there were no specialised fighters, only a handful of 'high performance scouts' whose 90 m.p.h. was 'dangerously fast', and even these carried no regular armament. By November 1918, two-gun fighters capable of 120 m.p.h. were standard, and individual designs for more specialised duties had made their appearance. The airmen and aircraft of the First World War - the first air war - h a v e a special place in history which has perhaps bcome over-glamourised. Certainly there were outstanding aeroplanes and heroic airmen, but in both the human and technical fields of aeronautical endeavour 1914-1919 was very much a period of t ri al a nd er ror in which, in the words of one great pioneer, 'some of were lucky and some of us weren't'. Such, too, was the expansion of the combatant air forces, once it was realised how decisive a role aircraft were playing in the overall wa r e ffo rt, th a t f or the first time on any scale organised flying training became a necessity, creating a demand for 'school' aeroplanes in ever-increasing numbers. The 80 aircraft in this volume reflect the evolution of such machines throug hou t th e fi rst trul y form ative period of military aviation history. The period 1914-1919 is selected so as to include certain important types designed during the war, but which arrived too late for combat service." Cigarette odor, light brown ing to ed ges o f pa ges a nd text block, minor edge wear. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, has light edge wear, light browning on spine and flap-folds - very light elsewhere. Good+/Good+ 
Price: 10.00 USD
 


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