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Laker: The Glory Years of Sir Freddie Laker

Product code:  48609AVI
Sir Freddie Laker one of Britian's most renowned entrepreneurs. The author looks at Sir Freddie early career including the Berlin airlift and Aviation traders. Onto Laker Airways and his battles with governments both in the UK and USA for the licences to fly his revolutionary Skytrain service. Looking at his brilliant and sometimes over ambitous business ventures and also looking at his turbulent personal life.

The Javelin

Product code:  81139AVI
The Javelin experienced a protracted development period and did not enter RAF service until 1956. Progressing through nine operational marks, the Javelin proved to be more than capable of intercepting the Canberra at altitude. To keep pace with increasingly better performing Soviet bombers, the fighter's engines were progressively upgraded from 8,000 lb each in the Mk 1 to 12,300 lbs of thrust in the Mk 8. The Javelin remained the RAF's sole all-weather fighter until the arrival of the English E...

Olympic Airways: A History

Product code:  83536AVI
The Olympic Airways story has a fascinating history. It is a story of evolution, conflict, personality and politics, all set against a backdrop of world and civil wars, coups and counter-coups. Although almost everyone had heard of the towering, controversial, leading figurehead who oversaw much of the central part of the story: Aristotle Socrates Onassis. His colourful life is threaded through this history, lending it drama and multiple levels of intrigue. The airline's story cannot be told in ...

Aircraft: Past and Present

Product code:  09522AVI
From the day when a machine made it possible to challenge Earth's gravitational force, aeronautics and later astronautics have fascinated humanity. This book features classic and little-known photographs of the planes that have marked the history of the sky's conquest, of the 20th-century's military conflicts, and the development of commercial air transport. Discover in over 300 photographs the heroes and pioneers that conquered the sky and the technology that permitted humans to fly.

The British Overseas Airways Corporation-A History

Product code:  83574AVI
history of The British Overseas Airways Company, from its origin in 1940 to its closure in 1974. The scope of the book takes in the history of the Second World War, examining the ways in which this conflict shaped the development of the airline. BOAC kept wartime Britain connected with its colonies and the allied world, often under enemy fire, and initially with desperate shortages of long-range aircraft. It played an important role in the transportation of passengers during an incredibly fraugh...

Planely Schmitz : An Airline Anthology

Product code:  60414AVI
"Schmitz's fascinating essays and articles provide a unique and enthralling perspective on the global commercial aviation scene."Craig West, Airliner World magazineSebastian Schmitz has been writing for the world's top aviation magazines for many years, including Airliner World, Airways, Air International among others, sharing with readers his tales of flying on some of the world's most colourful and exotic airlines to some of the most remote corners of the globe.For the first time, Astral Horiz...

Yellow Series 6140: Messerschmitt Bf 109 G with DB 605 A Engine

Product code:  81685AVI
The Messerschmitt Bf 109 was the German World War II fighter aircraft that was the backbone of the Luftwaffe's fighter force. The G series, was introduced in mid-1942 and benefited from the powerful 1,455 horsepower DB 605 engine. This book describes and illustrates all the famous Bf 109 G variants with the DB 605 A engine. It explains in detail the technical aspects of all the different variants and is lavishly illustrated by specially commissioned colour artwork profiles, 1/72 scale plans for ...

I'll Call You Pod

Product code:  01968AVI
Having discovered that there is no official RAF history of the 1950s covering a particularly fraught period of the Cold War in Germany, the author decided to write down everything he could remember from that time when he served as part of the RAF’s 2nd Allied Tactical Air Force. This book is based on his memories, supported by the information recorded in his log books, in the hope that it will give future generations a wider as well as deeper view of this era. In addition to recounting the minut...

Blackbushe: London's lost Airport 1942-60

Product code:  BB110AVI
This book takes a look at Blackbushe Airport. During its time as a RAF base from 1942 to 1944. Then covers the period 1944 to 1960 when it became a civil Airport. Includes the history of the Airlines that used the airport during the post war period. A in-depth look including numerous colour photos.

Flying Boats : Air Travel in the Golden Age

Product code:  70143AVI
Flying Boats: Air Travel in the Golden Age sets out to do justice to a time of glamorous, unhurried air travel, unrecognisable to most of today's air travellers, but sorely missed by some. During the 1930s, long-distance air travel was the preserve of the flying boat, which transported well-heeled passengers in ocean-liner style and comfort across the oceans. But then the Second World War came, and things changed. Suddenly, landplanes were more efficient, and in abundance: long concrete runwa...

Colours in the Sky : The History of Autair and Court Line Aviation

Product code:  25561AVI
Covered in detail is the introduction, demonstration and use of the Lockheed TriStar wide-bodied airliner, the first of the type used in the Inclusive Tour business. Court Line Aviation and Tom Gullick's Clarksons Holidays brought to the forefront the concept of value-for-money Inclusive Tour holidays following the 'vertical integration' business model whereby owning and controlling each step of the holiday allowed the company to make a small profit at every stage. The orange, pink, turquoise an...

Jet Airliners of the World-Airbus

Product code:  05110AVI
Complete production list of all AIRBUS types up to May 2018 (except A400M). Including Bombardier's C series. Includes 12,000 aircraft.