Putnam, 2nd ed., 1987. X + 446 pp., frontis., + numerous photo-ills., + ills. D.j., 22 x 14cm. FINE. Gloster Aircraft since 1917 describes the company's formation and development in the face of a diminishing need for military aircraft. It provides some fascinating insights into the manner in which it struggled to surmount the engineering and financial problems of the four decades of its existence before succumbing to the economic and political pressures of the post-1957 Defence White paper era. Individual chapters on Gloster aeroplanes reveal many new details of their construction, development and operational history. Illustrated with a wealth of photographs and drawings plus ten comprehensive appendices.