Penrose, Harold.


Cassell, rev., ed., 1980. 308 pp., numerous photo-ills., + ills. D.j., 23 x 27cm. FINE. First published in 1967, this book swiftly became the standard work on the formative years of British aviation. The author revised his text to bring this long-awaited new edition into line with recent research on the subject. It records in great detail the work, struggles and achievements from 1903 to 1914 of the British aviation pioneers whose foresight produced the weapons of aerial warfare for two major wars and the vehicles to spread air commerce and high-speed communication throughout the world. It describes the essential work of men like Roe, Cody, Handley Page, de Havilland, Sopwith, Maxim, White, Blackburn, O’Gorman, Capper and others, describing their struggles against apathy and lack of finances and relates the aviation scene to the wider national and economic background.

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