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British Aviation: The First Half Century (Hardback)

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

By David Willis
Imprint: Key Publishing
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781802821345
Published: 5th October 2022



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The first half of the 20th century saw the birth of the aeroplane and its development as an instrument of war and commerce. Within five decades, contraptions barely able to take to the air had given way to jet-powered aircraft flying near the 'sound barrier', a rate of technological advance unparalleled in any other field. It was the period when Great Britain’s aviation industry was established and grew to its zenith, fueled by the demands of two world wars and the growth of the airlines. These requirements generated a plethora of aircraft designs, some of which became house-hold names, while others failed to make the grade. British Aviation: The First Half-Century chronicles the wide variety of aircraft produced in Great Britain before 1950. With over 170 period images, carefully colourised, this book goes through the aircraft of the first half-century, portraying them in their full glory once more.

"This work is a good guide to the development of military aircraft and their civilian counterparts charting the amazing pace of development in this first half century of British aviation."

Martin Willoughby, The Wessex Branch of the Western Front Association
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