The Crowood Press, rev., ed., 2004. 192 pp., photo-ills. D.j., 25 x 19cm. FINE. Signed Presentation Copy from the Author. In 1906 Alliott Verdon Roe patented a design for a mechanically driven aeroplane and his biplane was the first heavier-than-air machine to leave the ground in Britain. Although his excursions were only classed as 'hops', Roe continued with his quest to fly and made enormous strides in the science of aviation before going on to form the company which bore his name in 1910. The Avro name remained in the forefront of aeronautical progress until it disappeared in 1963 after being absorbed into Hawker Siddeley Aviation. Over 35,000 aeroplanes were produced bearing the name Avro and the fine reputation of the company was renowned throughout the world. Avro designed the 504 in 1913. This became the standard trainer for the RAF during the First World War and remained in production until 1930. After the war Avro built a variety of military and civil aircraft, many of which established long-distance and speed records, including the Avro Tutor and the Avro Anson. During the Second World War the company produced the Lancaster and after the war it produced a number of civil airliners. However, it was in the military field that the company was supreme with the design and manufacture of the mighty Vulcan and the Avro Shackleton. Here is Avro’s story, updated and completely re-illustrated for this new edition. Signed Presentation Copy from the Author.