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Front Line And Experimental Flying With The Fleet Air Arm

Author : Geoffrey Higgs
ISBN : 9781844687787
Genre : History
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The spectacle of Alan Cobhams Flying Circus and the Fleet at anchor in Weymouth inspired the authors lifelong passion for aeroplanes, flying and the Royal Navy. World War Two provided the opportunity to fulfill his ambition and at eighteen he volunteered for the Fleet Air Arm as a pilot. Training in Canada began a Naval flying career that spanned thirty-years. Front line squadron service, embarked on aircraft carriers was followed by qualification as a flying instructor. Selection for the Empire Test Pilots School at Farnborough and qualification as an experimental Test Pilot changed the direction of his naval career. In all he flew nearly one hundred types of aircraft and carried out close to a thousand deck landings. Initial flight testing of a number of new naval aircraft, as well as research flying in support of the development of aircraft such as the English Electric Lightning and Concorde added to a unique career.Such a long and varied period of flying was not without the inevitable mishaps. A near catastrophic catapult launch of a new naval aircraft, the jamming of the power control system in a research aircraft and hazardous flying through tropical storms at supersonic speeds to determine safety factors for Concordes intended Far East route were some of the dangers of flying at the cutting edge. As pilot, he flew the first Royal Naval aircraft to cross the Atlantic nonstop without in-flight refueling or navigational aids. He describes the fascinating ten day flight from Croydon to Rangoon across Europe, the Middle East, Pakistan and India to deliver a Percival Provost trainer to the Burmese Air Force.
Category: History

British Aircraft Manufacturers Since 1909

Author : Peter G. Dancey
Genre : History
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British Aircraft Manufacturers since 1909 traces one hundred years of the British aviation industry, its history, origins, mergers and takeovers. It details the evolution of the British aviation industry and is an epitaph to household famous names such as Armstrong-Whitworth, de Havilland, Chadwick, Claude-Graham White, Sopwith, A. V. Roe, Mitchell, Hawker, Handley Page, Petter and Fairey to name but a few. Of more recent times, the likes of Sidney Camm, Hooker and Hooper, all of whom, made VTOL more than just a dream, are also covered in astonishing and exhausting detail. Of the major firms, most at some time or other have been absorbed, merged or reorganised to form a single conglomerate, BAe Systems and Rolls-Royce are chronicled from the outset to the mighty companies they are today. Only PBN-Britten Norman - who on several occasions escaped extinction due to financial difficulties - and Westland, now part of AgustaWestland, and Short Bros of Northern Ireland remain independent, although even the latter, are part of Canadian, Bombardier Co. British Aircraft Manufacturers since 1909 tells the complete and enthralling story of how Britain ruled the world in terms of manufacturing and aircraft design from nimble but fragile biplanes and majestic airliners that united the world to the advanced bombers and fighters of today.
Category: History

Thrilling Narratives Of Mutiny Murder And Piracy

Author : Anonymous
ISBN : 9783861953012
Genre : History
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"A weird series of tales of shipwreck and disaster, from the earliest part of the century to the present time, with accounts of providential escapes and heart-rending fatalities." A collection of stories about 18th century shipwrecks and disasters.
Category: History

Aircraft Of The Fighting Powers

Author : Douglas Arthur Russell
ISBN : STANFORD:36105002434368
Genre : Airplanes, Military
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Category: Airplanes, Military

Flight International

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105117594478
Genre : Aeronautics
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Category: Aeronautics


Author : E.B. Potter
ISBN : 9781612512259
Genre : History
File Size : 50.77 MB
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Called a great book worthy of a great man, this definitive biography of the commander in chief of the Pacific Fleet in World War II, first published in 1976 and now available in paperback for the first time, continues to be considered the best book ever written about Adm. Chester W. Nimitz. Highly respected by both the civilian and naval communities, Nimitz was sometimes overshadowed by more colorful warriors such as MacArthur and Halsey. Potter's lively and authoritative style fleshes out Admiral Nimitz's personality to help readers appreciate the contributions he made as the principal architect of Japan's defeat. The book covers his full life, from a poverty-stricken childhood to postwar appointments as Chief of Naval Operations and U.N. mediator. It candidly reveals Nimitz's opinions of Halsey, Kimmel, King, Spruance, MacArthur, Forrestal, Roosevelt, and Truman.
Category: History

British Secret Projects

Author : Tony Buttler
ISBN : STANFORD:36105119430960
Genre : History
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Provides descriptions, data, models, and photographs of British prototype military airplanes, from 1935 to 1950.
Category: History

As Time Goes By

Author : Benedict Baglio
ISBN : 9781622870431
Genre : Fiction
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As Time Goes By is a work of fiction with an historical base. Did you ever wonder what it would be like to go back in time to visit a hero, someone who encapsulated the values of a time you see as romantic, critical, or dangerous, but may still represent a solution to a personal or professional dilemma because their actions were timeless? This novel relates one man's adventure in time.
Category: Fiction