TWO VOLUMES. St. Patrick's Press, Penrith. Vol. I : 1st ed., 1982. 134 pp. Vol. II : 1st ed., 1984. 182 pp. Both Vols. : Numerous photo-ills., + some ills., + diagrams + e.p., maps. D.j., 30 x 21cm. FINE. Both Volumes are Signed Presentation Copies from the Author. The first and rarest volume of this superb study chronicles the significant aeronautical events which took place in the Cumbria, Dumfries and Galloway region from 1825 to 1914. The period encapsulated almost all aspects of man's aeronautical endeavour from ballooning, parachuting, gliding, aircraft and airship construction to aero engine production. Cumbria is the birthplace of both British naval and civil marine aviation and for the first time the full exciting story is told aided by many previously unpublished documents and photographs. The second volume covers the period from 1915 to 1930 and continues to trace the chronological flying activities at Windermere, airship developments at Barrow-in-Furness, and aero-engine production at Dumfries ; as well as detailing the airship operations from RNAS Luce Bay and the saga of the misconceived Loch Doon School of Aerial Gunnery. The post-war aviation scene is also covered including the steps taken to establish both commercial and private flying in the region. Adopting the same format as Part 1, the author has continued to unearth much 'new' information and has supported the text with many previously unpublished photographs. Both volumes are Signed Presentation Copies from the Author. VERY SCARCE.