Thomas, Sir Miles.


2nd imp. 1964. 406 pp., 16 photo-plates. D.j., 22 x 14cm. A little damp to rear cover & d.j. o/w V.G. Sir Thomas Miles was a profound innovator in the aviation and the car industry. In the First World War he began as a young munitions worker but soon joined the Motor Machine Gun Corps, with whom, as an armoured car driver, he saw the discomfort and frustrations of the German East African Campaign. His experience of flying was with the RFC in the Middle East. The RFC made him a stunt instructor, and after active service offered him a permanent commission. Peacetime brought the heyday of the motoring explosion and Miles was soon motor race reporting from the cockpit of an aircraft all over Europe. His story is closely tied to that of Lord Nuffield and of the boom years of the motor industry in Birmingham and Oxford. With the approach of war, relations with the Government and integration with the manufacture of aero-engines became all-important. In 1949 Miles became chairman of BOAC. The autobiography of a leader of the aviation and motoring revolution.

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