HMSO, 1st ed., 1980. Viii + 318 pp., photo & other plates. D.j., 22 x 14cm. D.j., has gentle ‘wavy’ creasing from where it had been in an ill-fitting protective wrapper ; spine of d.j., faded & one small hole from a hole punch to top of inside flap (blank corner) o/w complete ; traces of tape marks to foot of covers o/w V.G. This volume in the author’s monumental history of British Aviation deals with the gripping period of 1935-1939 when nations talked of peace and prepared for war. It was a period when re-armament was woefully inadequate, when aero companies were competing with each other in successfully designing and flying many brilliant new aircraft types, and world record-breakers achieving hitherto impossible speeds, height and distances. It was the age of Spitfire, Hurricane, Wellington, the great flying boats and many fine civil aircraft.