1st ed., 1951. 346 pp., frontis. + 33 photo-plates. D.j., 22 x 14cm. Frontis., loose & d.j., re-enforced with tape o/w V.G. Signed by the Author The author begins his story from the formation of the Royal Aero Club in 1901, before the world’s first flight, through the days when aeroplanes staggered dangerously off the ground, to the smooth take-off of the Comet by 1951. He deals with and discounts the early claims of the airman, Alder, to have flown in a heavier-than-air machine in 1897, and established the claim of the Wright brothers. He recounts the first cross-Channel flight, the London to Manchester and London to Paris flights, the Atlantic flight, the England to Australia race, the Berlin Air Lift, and the Battle of Britain race of 1950, and a record-breaking flight in the wonderful de Havilland Comet. Signed Copy.