Shrewsbury, 1st ed., 1999. Xiv + 225 pp., various photo-ills., + map. D.j., 24 x 16cm. Minor damp to foot of spine, hidden by d.j., but also affecting corner of f.f.e.p., (blank) o/w V.G. In an action-packed life John Cunningham has attained a legendary status which few have equalled. As ‘Cat’s-Eyes Cunningham’ he became a household name during the bombing blitz of Britain, symbolising the growing effectiveness of the RAF’s embryonic defending night-fighter force. He played a major role in perfecting the operational use of radar interception and was the first squadron pilot in the world to shoot down an enemy aircraft using radar. His wartime fame as an outstanding night-fighter ace was followed by a long career in test flying during the exciting post-war period when the jet engine was developed to power both military and civil aircraft. As Chief Test Pilot for the de Havilland Aircraft Company he was at the leading edge of the quest for supersonic flight and in the development of the Comet – the world’s first jet airliner.