Harleyford, Letchworth, 1st ed., 1970. 244 pp., cold., frontis., + numerous b&w photo-ills. D.j., 28 x 22cm. Minor wear to d.j., o/w V.G. 'Colour Standards of the Ministry of Aircraft Production' tipped in. Of all the aircraft involved in the 1914-1918 War, none achieved more fame than Sopwith types – Pups, Triplanes, Camels and Snipes. Equally, of the early pioneers few, if any, have achieved more fame than did T.O.M. Sopwith. He first took to the air in a balloon, set out to break records as soon as he had learned to fly an aeroplane, and was barnstorming in America before that word came into vogue. He built the first successful British flying boat, set up a flying school, and was a test pilot, designer and manufacturer before 1914! Finely detailed drawings depict no less than 29 Sopwith aircraft which are given much historical attention in this highly acclaimed Harleyford book.