Ian Allan, 1st ed., 1985. 160 pp., photo-ills., + maps. D.j., 24 x 17cm. FINE Most of the 75-year history of British aircraft design and construction is embodied in British Aerospace, which is an amalgamation of most of the famous concerns of the past, although the three major companies of Shorts, Rolls-Royce and Westland have survived under their own names. In addition to the industrial companies that produce the aircraft are the operators – British Airway’s being the country’s national flag-carrier. Overseeing the British civil aviation scene is the Civil Aviation Authority, whose responsibilities include air traffic control, economic regulation, licensing, environmental considerations, international relations and scientific research. The author surveys the manufacturers, aircraft operators, airports and other organisations whose innovation and technical excellence have always been the hallmark of British aircraft production.