GMS Enterprises, Peterborough, 1st ed., 2000. 656 pp., numerous photo-ills., + ills. D.j., 28 x 21cm. FINE. The two decades between the end of the First World War and the start of World War II, represented what many consider having been the ‘Golden Age’ of the light aeroplane. The first Flying Clubs were formed and soon there was a tremendous growth in private flying and small aeroplanes which created a demand for suitable aircraft. This is the story of this unofficial contest between manufacturers to find the ideal light aeroplane. Simultaneously, engines improved too and within two decades the light aircraft developed from the military combat fighter of the First World War to the safe, comfortable long-distance tourer of the 1930’s. Yet this transformation was undertaken under extremely difficult conditions. This work equally describes the work and aspirations of the men and women who strove to make light aircraft happen and changed aviation forever. It is also the story of some 250-different aircraft, most of which are long forgotten. This superb book is illustrated with some 1,027 photographs, many of which are rare and previously unpublished, as well as 98 specially-produced three-view drawings of rare and unusual aeroplanes. UNCOMMON.