The text is illustrated with profile drawings of all the main types, together with the elegant paintings by Ian Marshall and Edmund Miller. The remote developments, from a single cross-channel flight to Paris in 1919 [...]
|Book cover finish
|Hardcover ( square back binding)
|(NOS) Like New
|Number of pages
|28 x 22 x 1 cm
|R.E.G. Davies Illustrated by Mike Machat
Many books have been written about the early history of the British airlines, from their infancy through their maturity and adulthood. In the case of British Airways, its ancestral infancy and adolescence took many forms, and this is possibly the first book that follows the sometimes complex relationships that led, first, to the formation of Imperial Airways, and, later, to the formation of British Airways, that is, the pre-war one that merged with Imperial to form B.O.A.C. in 1939.
The text is illustrated with profile drawings of all the main types, together with the elegant paintings by Ian Marshall and Edmund Miller. The remote developments, from a single cross-channel flight to Paris in 1919 to an Empire-embracing network in 1939, on the eve of the Second World War, are shown by the author’s maps. There are photographs at every stage, to emphasize the progress made from open-cockpit single en-gained planes (converted from light bombers of the Great War of 1914-18) to the elegant flying boats that were able to add modernity to the romance and adventure that characterized air transport during the 1920s and 1930s.
Thanks to the accurate technical support of veteran author-historian John Stroud, the fleets of every type are tabulated; author/pilot/publisher Mike Machat has supervised the artwork.
Altogether, for all enthusiasts of airlines and air transport history, The Imperial Years should be a pleasure to peruse and also to serve as a reliable reference source for any library bookshelf.