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British Aviation: The Pioneer Years 1903-1914

British Aviation: The Pioneer Years 1903-1914

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{detailed description}This book records in great detail the work, struggles and achievements from 1903 to 1914 of the British aviation pioneers whose foresight produced the weapons of aerial warfare for two major wars and the vehicles to spread air commerce and high-speed communication throughout the world. The author, an aeronautical engineer and test pilot, has had access to the unpublished papers of many of the pioneers and has undertaken immense research to produce the most detailed and analytical record of the early years. He describes the essential work of men like A. V. Roe, S. F. Cody, Frederick Handley Page, Geoffrey de Havilland, T. O. M. Sopwith, Hiram Maxim, George White, Robert Blackburn, Mervyn O'Gorman, Capper and others. He tells of their struggles against apathy and lack of finances and relates the aviation scene to the wider national and economic background. This is a fascinating story of the recent past and one which should be read by all those now engaged in the various branches of aviation as well as all who are concerned about the national development of ideas and techniques. Many of the photographs which illustrate this volume have never before been published.
{Author / Publisher / Date}by Harald Penrose
1967 1st (Aero Publishers USA) edn. 607pp
{condition}slightly bumped otherwise good in torn d/j
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