BRITISH PRIVATE AIRCRAFT. VOL. 1 ' THE RE-AWAKENING YEARS 1946 ' 1970. VOL. 2 ' AN A TO Z OF CLUB & PRIVATE AEROPLANES.

Ord-Hume, Arthur W. J. G.


£120.00




Two Vols. MMP Books, Petersfield, 1st ed., 2012. Vol. I : 318 pp. Vol. II : 398 pp. Both Vols. : Numerous photo-ills., + ills. Photo-laminated boards ; 30 x 22cm. A couple of light marks to edges o/w Nr.FINE. The author's two-volume history of British private aircraft between the wars is the seminal work on the topic. In this new two-volume history here, the author has extended the story into the post-war years and describes the many changes and developments in the industry after 1945. From being a world leader in private light aircraft, the British industry struggled and ultimately failed to compete with the US and French industries. Good ideas and projects failed to find financial backing and/or customers, old designs were developed beyond their useful life, and overall the light aircraft industry shrank and almost disappeared. How and why this happened is described in detail, by someone who was heavily involved in the industry, and suitable blame is apportioned between governments, financiers and designers! The second volume gives an A to Z of Club and Private Aeroplanes with a wealth of photographs, diagrams, specifications and detailed histories. Two Volumes.


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