British Naval Aircraft 1912 (Fourth Revised Edition)
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|Book cover finish||Hardcover ( square back binding )|
|Special features||Handwritten notes, Dust jacket|
|Condition||Used very good|
|Number of pages||478|
|Collection / Series||PUTNAM|
|Size||14 x 22 x 5 cm|
Produced as a companion volume to the author's classic work Aircraft of the Royal Air Force since 1918, this book is also recognized as the standard reference on the history of British naval aircraft. It describes and illustrates every aircraft ever flown in regular service by the Naval Wing of the Royal Flying Corps, the Royal Naval Air Service and the Fleet Air Arm. This new and extensively revised fourth edition contains well over 400 photographs and 120 three-view general arrangement drawings. In reviewing over seven decades of naval aviation, it ranges from the earliest Short and Sopwith seaplanes of the 1914-18 War through the classic inter-war biplanes such as the Fly-catcher, the Ripon, the Shark, the Fairey IIIF, the Osprey and the Nimrod, to the Second World War Swordfish, Barracuda, Albacore, Seafires and Fulmars, to the post-war Sea Fury, Firefly, Gannet, Sea Hawk, Scimitar and Sea Vixen. Classic American-supplied aircraft of the Fleet Air Arm such as the Wildcat, Hellcat and Avenger are also included.
The illustrated introduction is a useful potted history of the development of British naval aviation and the evolution of deck-flying from the earliest tentative experiments to such British inventions as the angled deck, steam catapults, mirror landing aids and, latest of all, the 'ski-jump' launching device for the latest Sea Harrier. Extensive appendices include lists of Fleet Air Arm squadrons and their equipment, ships carrying helicopters, lighter-than-air aircraft (known as 'blimps') of the R.N.A.S. 1914-18 and the rigid airships R.9 to R.34. This latest edition includes full details of the latest Fleet Air such as the Sea Harrier, the Lynx helicopter and the Gazelle.
Owen G. Thetford ( 1923 - ? ) was born in Cheshire ( England ). As a schoolboy he was an omniverous reader of such magazines as Flying Aces, Popular Flying and collected Jane's All the World's Aircraft for which publication he later came to work when Leonard Bridgman was Editor.
He published his first book when still matriculating and thereafter followed a career as an aviation author and editor. As an editor, he was associated with the old Air Review magazine where he did feature articles on such subjects as flying with the Eighth Air Force in Flying Fortresses, the U.S. Navy in Devonshire, the re - opening of Railway Air Services from Croydon to Glasgow with Dakotas, when civil airlines started up again after the Second World War, as well as book reviews, aviation film reviews, and for the Aero - modeller, the famous series Aircraft Described and Monthly Memoranda which pioneered writing ( now commonplace ) about such subjects as aircraft serial numbers squadron code letters and camouflage finishes.
Apart from writing the complete text and doing all the picture research for the currently re - published Aircraft of the Fighting Powers, Owen G. Thetford is also the author of the currently standard works Aircraft of the Royal Air Force Since 1918, British Naval Aircraft Since 1912, and German Aircraft of the First World War ( with the late Peter Gray ). He also wrote Camouflage 1914 - 18 Aircraft, Camouflage 1939 - 42 Aircraft - both very rare and sought after titles nowadays - and collaborated with the late E.J. Riding on Aircraft of the 1914 - 18 War, published in 1946 and reprinted in 1954.
Apart from his work as an aviation author, Owen G. Thetford works professionally as an Advertising Director. His other interests include collecting modern novels, modern jazz, cinema, theatre and ballet.
( source : Aircraft of the Fighting Powers, VOLUME 7 - 1946 )