The Birth of the Royal Air Force (Hardback)
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Ian Philpott presents us here with a compendium of facts, operational histories and photo illustrations, combined to create a comprehensive account of the early years of the Royal Air Force. Illustrated throughout, it features details of all military operations from 1914 to 1918 which impacted upon the organisation. Also included are operational details of the Independent Bomber Force throughout 1918, a supplementary historical strand that is sure to appeal to Aviation enthusiasts with a taste for features of niche focus. Details of the airfields, landing grounds, seaplane bases and various other landmarks of this era are given, and readers are encouraged to use the work as a reference book, being as it is a weighty tome of encyclopedic scope.
Sure to make a welcome addition to any aviation enthusiast's library, this well-researched piece of work has been a long time in the making. Philpott brings his typical flair to the project, leaving no stone unturned when it comes to this dynamic, defining period of Royal Air Force history.
As featured in the East Kent Mercury and Essence Magazine.
As featured in 'handy RAF reads & background research aids' part of RAF 100 years articleFamily Tree, April 2018
This is a very useful reference work, covering a wide range of topics, but also starts with a readable history of British air power to 1918.History of War
For those interested in the myriad finite details beyond who-shot-down-who, this book is highly recommended.Over the Front
The author of this fine volume is a retired RAF Wing Commander, and he knows his subject matter well. This excellent book and reference source is highly recommended.Classic Arms and Militaria
[Philpott] is an engaging writer, able to offer profound thought in fully fleshed-out prose.Speedreaders.info
The author has provided a history of the development of air power in Britain that was tested in a global conflict in its earliest days and achieved considerable capabilities. The well-researched text is ably supported by an excellent selection of photographs and drawings. The result is a book that is essential to any library of air power and combat aircraft. The author has also written two books that cover the years between WWI and WWII when the RAF was developing against the traditional background of political parsimony. Highly recommended.Firetrench Reviews
A comprehensive account of the early years of the Royal Air Force. A weighty tome of encyclopedic scope. Sure to make a welcome addition to any aviation enthusiast's library, this well-researched piece of work has been a long time in the making. Philpott brings his typical flare to the project, leaving no stone unturned when it comes to this dynamic, defining period of Royal Air Force history.OCAD Militaria Collectors Resources