THE FATHER OF BRITISH AIRSHIPS: A BIOGRAPHY OF E. T. WILLOWS.

McKinty, Alec.


£25.00




Kimber, (1st ed., 1972). 160 pp., 31 photo-plates + 3 ills. D.j., 24 x 16cm. Owner's aviation stamp; small scuff to f.f.e.p., (blank) & a little discolouring to d.j., o/w V.G. Ernest Thompson Willows was Britain's foremost airship pioneer. He was the designer of five airships, and the first man to fly in an airship from England to France. The author, in this first biography of Willows, has carried out careful research into Willows' life and his role in airship design, and around his successes and his sorrows has built a moving tribute to him. He reveals that there was a sixth airship designed by Willows and made secretly during the war. Willows' ideas were never fully appreciated, nor his programme implemented by the government in time for the First World War, and he tragically lost his life in a balloon accident. Yet his significance and the value of his contribution can be measured by the following that his mode of aircraft still has in this country, where its commercial use is again a practical possibility.


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