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British Interwar Aircraft (Paperback)

Aviation > Royal Air Force

By Lee Chapman
Imprint: Key Publishing
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9781802821352
Published: 8th November 2022



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When the RAF was formed in 1918, Great Britain boasted the largest air force in the world, but it was not to last. As soon as the armistice was declared, a rapid disarmament began. After a period of austerity, the surplus military aircraft formed the basis for civil aviation as we know it today. More people learned to fly, and pioneering individuals began to break down barriers and set records leading to a demand for purpose-built commercial, touring, racing and passenger aircraft.

During the 1930s, the RAF boasted an array of beautiful silver biplanes, which soon gave way to more sleek monoplane fighters and medium-range bombers ready for the imminent war in Europe. This period is often referred to as the ‘Golden Age of Aviation’, and this book aims to capture that spirit. Exploring many significant British aircraft types that were active between World Wars One and Two, with the focus on modern-day survivors and replicas, this volume tells the story of how aviation changed during the period. Covering both civil and military aircraft types, the story is told using over 200 high-quality images of surviving, replica and restored aircraft.

It is a well written and quite interesting book on an equally interesting subject. This is a book that should appeal to those with an interest in the period and in British warbirds in general. Well worth picking up.

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About Lee Chapman

Lee Chapman is a Staffordshire-based photographer who covers many aspects of photography but has a real passion for historic aviation. He has worked at several major UK air shows as a media photographer and reviewer for Airscene.com. His images have achieved numerous accolades and awards and his Lancaster Bomber image can be seen adorning the official Battle of Britain Memorial Flight merchandise. With over 15 years of experience as a lecturer in adult education, Lee also offers several photography workshops through his company, Chappers Photography, where he runs a range of photography courses including delivering the RAF Museum’s aviation photography training events.

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