Blackburn Aircraft since 1909

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This is the absorbing story of a great Yorkshire entreprise, beginning in 1908 when young famous Robert Blackburn, inspired by the exploits of famous French aviators, designed his first aeroplane in Paris. Tried out on the Yorkshire coast in 1909, it was ancestor to a long line of Blackburn aircraft designed and built on Humberside during more than half a century.

Characteristics

Book cover finish Hardcover ( rounded spine binding )
Special features Dust jacket
Condition Used - Very Good
Number of pages 555
Published date First published 1968 - New edition 1989
Language English
Collection / Series Putnam's aeronautical series
Size 14 x 21 x 2 cm
Author A J Jackson
Editor Putnam

Description

This is the absorbing story of a great Yorkshire entreprise, beginning in 1908 when young famous Robert Blackburn, inspired by the exploits of famous French aviators, designed his first aeroplane in Paris. Tried out on the Yorkshire coast in 1909, it was ancestor to a long line of Blackburn aircraft designed and built on Humberside during more than half a century.
Between the wars the Dart-Ripon-Baffin-Shark family of classic folding-wing, deck-landing torpedo biplanes and the majestic Iris and Perth flying-boats firmly established the Company as specialists in the construction of aircraft for naval use. They also built many unusual military and civil prototypes; the beautiful Lincock single-seater; the Bluebird and B-2 trainers; the Skua, Roc and Botha of the Second World War; and in recent years the Firebrand, the Beverley freighter and that long-lived masterpiece the Buccaneer low-level strike bomber. These are among more than 50 military and civil types described in exhaustive detail with specifications, full production lists and complete history of each individual aircraft.
Free access to the company's archives enabled the author to illustrate the book with a large number of rare and historically important photographs, previously unpublished, and to present a mass of new and authentic data on all Blackburn types and all unbuilt projects.
To recreate the unique land-sea atmosphere of Brough works, well illustrated introductory chapters present a history of the Blackburn company, its managership of the Greek National Aircraft Factory and the activities of the North Sea Aerial and General Transport Co...

À PROPOS DE CET AUTEUR
Peter M. Bowers

Peter M. Bowers ( 15 May 1918 – 27 April 2003 ) was a journalist specializing in the field of aviation. Bowers is famed in the general aviation community for his work with General Aviation News.


Writing 26 books and over 800 articles detailing historic aircraft for a column called “ Of Wings and Things ”, Bowers was a fixture of the newspaper for decades.


Also, an engineer at Boeing, he was an avid aviation photographer and also designed homebuilt aircraft such as the Fly Baby and Namu II. Bowers also completed and flew a Detroit G1 Gull primary glider.


Bowers lived in Seattle for most of his life. He spent five years in the U.S. Army Air Force as a maintenance and intelligence officer.


He served as a contributing editor for Sentry Publications' twin magazine titles Wings and Airpower, drawing on a lifetime of aviation photographs of his own, and of a vast archive collected through his employment at Boeing.

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