The first half of the century has seen the emergence of the Light Aeroplane, simply as an aerial motor-car or yacht for practical use or sheer personal pleasure. After uncertain first attempts at mastering the element of flying which were consolidated by the 1914-18 war, rapid progress was made duri
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The first half of the century has seen the emergence of the Light Aeroplane, simply as an aerial motor-car or yacht for practical use or sheer personal pleasure. After uncertain first attempts at mastering the element of flying which were consolidated by the 1914-18 war, rapid progress was made during the aero plane trials at Itford and Lympne between 1922 and 1926. Then came a batch of aeroplanes such as the Avian, Bluebird and Moth which in the hand of a remarkable band of pioneer aviators-Francis Chichester, Bert Hinkler, Amy Johnson, Charles Kingsford-Smith, James Mollison, to name only a few- performed truly amazing feats. Setting out alone to cross continents and oceans they proved the development and reliability of engines and airframes, and their solitary exploits fired the imagination and enthusiasm of the world. Mr Boughton, an aeronautical engineer and keen amateur pilot, has a gift for recapturing the peculiar excitement of those pioneering days. He sets lively accounts of celebrated British long-distance flights abroad against the backgroung of developments at home: the formation of the flying clubs, the King's Cup races, the continual technical refinement. He ends with a survey of British flying since the war and a look into future possibilities.
the Autor Terrence Boughton: He learned to fly with Brooklands Flying Club, and was a member until 1939. He read engineering for a year at cambridge, but interrupted studies by joining the R.A.F. In 1940, and served as a Flying Instructor and on photographic reconnaissance Mosquitoes. He saw some service in th Far East and was demobilised as a flight lieutenant in 1946. He took his degree in mechanical science at Cambridge in 1947 and the did a two-year post-graduate course at the College of Aeronautics, Cranfield. Since then he has held various post in the aircraft industry.