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The Schneider Trophy Air Races (Hardback)

The Development of Flight from 1909 to the Spitfire

Aviation > WWI Aviation > WWII P&S History > By Century > 20th Century Photographic Books WWI WWII

By Jerry Murland
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9781526770011
Published: 1st September 2021


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When Jacques Schneider devised and inaugurated the Coupe d’Aviation Maritime race for seaplanes in 1913, no-one could have predicted the profound effect the Series would have on aircraft design and aeronautical development, not to mention world history.

Howard Pixton’s 1914 victory in a Sopwith Tabloid biplane surprisingly surpassed the performance of monoplanes and other manufacturers turned back to biplanes. During The Great War aerial combat was almost entirely conducted by biplanes, with their low landing speeds, rapid climb rates and manoeuvrability.

Post-war the Races resumed in 1920. The American Curtiss racing aircraft set the pattern for the 1920s, making way for Harold Mitchell’s Supermarines in the 1930’s. Having won the 1927 race at Venice Mitchell developed his ground-breaking aircraft into the iconic Spitfire powered by the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine. This new generation of British fighter aircraft were to play a decisive role in defeating the Luftwaffe and thwarting the Nazis’ invasion plans.

This is a fascinating account of the air race series that had a huge influence on the development of flight.

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The Catalina Society - The Catalina News, Issue No 97, Summer 2022

"There is much to be gained by reading Mr Murland’s latest book."

Railway & Canal Historical Society - Air Transport Group Newsletter No 61 - April 2022

"With many excellent photographs of planes, pilots (many long forgotten) this is a work that tells the tale of the Coupe d’Aviation Maritime and ‘daring -do’ with vitality, a must for the bookshelf of the aviation enthusiast!"

Martin Willoughby, The Wessex Branch of the Western Front Association

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Aeroplane - December 2021

"...may give you a sense of what the Schneider Races involved..."

Air Power History, Winter 2021

"In many ways the story of the Air Races is the story of aircraft development during its early years and the author does do this story justice."

Western Front Association - Hampshire & Isle of Wight Branch

"...recounts the fascinating history of a series of competitions that exerted a disproportionate influence on 20th-century aircraft development.”

Aviation History

A fascinating account of the setting up of an air race trophy that led to a scramble to design and develop seaplanes that changed the course of aviation history...

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About Jerry Murland

Jerry Murland is a retired headteacher who has written over twenty books and guidebooks coverering the events of the First and Second World Wars. His first book, Aristocrats Go To War, was published by Pen and Sword in 2010 and since then he has gone on the write a number of others, including the Battlelines Guidebooks to the Western Front, co-written with Jon Cooksey. He is currently writing an account of the Battle of the Ypres-Comines Canal 1940, part of eight Battleground Europe books which cover the France and Flanders campaign of 1940.

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