Brew, Alec.


Airlife, Shrewsbury, 1st ed., 1998. 160 pp., numerous photo-ills., + ills. D.j., 30 x 21cm. FINE. This is the first comprehensive history of Sunbeam, one of the two major British manufacturers of water-cooled aero-engines during the First World War. In 1914 the company was the sole British producer of high-power aero-engines and went on to supply the engines used for the first east-west Atlantic flight in 1919. The Sunbeam Motor Car Company, to use the full name, left an indelible mark on the history of British aviation and this book gives full technical details of all the models that the company produced. Sunbeam also built nearly 700 aircraft during the war and within the comprehensive appendices it provided the history of each one. Full details of all aircraft powered by Sunbeam engines are included and also the cars into which the aero-engines were installed, many of which became record-breakers. UNCOMMON.

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