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Avro 748 (Paperback)

Aviation P&S History > British History P&S History > By Century > 20th Century

By Barry Lloyd
Imprint: Key Publishing
Pages: 96
Illustrations: Over 100
ISBN: 9781913870874
Published: 1st July 2022



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The vision of Alliott Verdon Roe and his team in designing and building the 748 resulted in a highly successful commercial airliner, that since the 1960s has been responsible for opening new air routes in many corners of the world. Many of the airstrips into which the 748 formerly operated are now fully fledged international airports, with paved runways, sophisticated air traffic control and navigation equipment, and shops, but it was not always this way. In the early days, the 748 proved its worth worldwide by operating on dirt airstrips and at high elevations and temperatures.

Spanning a period of almost 30 years, this book sets out to illustrate some of the many operators of the type, from the initial Series 1 to the final Series 2B. Fully illustrated with over 100 photographs, many of which have not previously been in the public domain, this book dives into the history and global impact of the Avro 748.

This series of books on civil, military and airline history now numbers more than 100 volumes and provides an invaluable aviation library, taking up the mantle of the fine series published by Tempus in the 1990s. The latest is this history of the Avro 748 which starts with a good history of its development but is largely made up of profiles of the many civil and military operators, accompanied by many unique colour photographs. The variety of users is impressive – including the air forces of Australia, Thailand, Brunei and Ecuador and airlines such as Stars Away Aviation, LIAT and, in the UK, BKS and Skyways. The book is a very authoritative tribute to the famous “Budgie” which was the backbone of such a variety of operators, small and large.

Air Britain, Aviation World

About Barry Lloyd

Barry began his working life in aviation at Cambrian Airways at Liverpool Airport, before moving on to Pakistan International Airlines in Manchester. After some years out of the aviation industry, he returned to aviation, working for BIA/Air UK at Blackpool and Gatwick airports. Following this, he joined British Aerospace at Manchester, where he was sales manager for Latin America and the Caribbean. Later, he transferred to BAe’s Corporate Jets division, where, amongst other things, he led the team that achieved the certification of the BAe 125 in Russia. Since then, he has worked in the operations department of handling agents at Manchester, East Midlands and Luton airports.

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