BRITISH TEST PILOTS

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This fantastic book, which contains some photographs, describes through short biographies some famous British ( and Commonwealth ) test pilots who have tested the British aeroplanes immediately after the Second World War.

Characteristics

Book cover finish Canvas finish, Hardcover ( square back binding )
Special features First edition, Dedicated copy, Handwritten notes
Condition Good
Number of pages 167
Published date 1950
Languages English
Size 14 x 22 x 2 cm
Author Geoffrey Dorman A.R.Ae.S.
Editor FORBES ROBERTSON LTD.

Description

PREFACE

 

My object in writing this book is to put on record something about the men of Britain who have tested the British aeroplanes immediately after the World War of 1939 - 45. This has been the period of greatest change and progress since the start of aviation nearly 50 years ago, for it has seen the beginning of practical jet - propelled aircraft - fighters, bombers, and air liners.

 

( ... ) This book has been possible only by close co - operation between the test pilots and me. I have often extracted the information with great difficulty at first. Some test pilots are about easy to pin down to a date as quicksilver ! Once they realised what I was trying to do, they have one and all been most co - operative.

 

( ... ) All pilots of whom I have written are now my very good friends, and I have flown with most of them. Some of the older ones I have known for years ; I am extremely proud now to number the younger ones among my new friends - good types, but in spite of this, I still talk to all test pilots with a certain amount of awe and respect, for as one of the most ham - handed of pilots, I have a real and Tremendous admiration for their knowledge and skill.

 

( ... ) To the victims, the test pilots themselves, my thanks for being so patient with me.

 

Geoffrey Dorman.

30 Redburn Street,

Chelsea, London, S.W.3.

1st November, 1950.

À PROPOS DE CET AUTEUR
Geoffrey Dorman A.R.Ae.S.

Geoffrey Charles Herbert Dorman A.R.Ae.S. ( July 7th, 1894 - ? ) was born in London ( England ). A Second Lieutenant in the Royal Engineers, he gained his " ticket " at the Military School ( Shoreham - by - Sea, Sussex, England ) on June 2nd, 1915, on a Maurice Farman Biplane. 


On November 16th, 1916, Lieutenant Geoffrey Dorman took off from Shoreham in a Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.2b with the intention of heading West along the South Coast to the airfield at Gosport ( Hampshire, England ). Not long into the flight, however, a dense sea fog formed and as his engine was also " misbehaving ", Lieutenant Dorman decided " it would be best to try and land ". Spotting a suitable area of farmland, He put his aircraft down near the West Sussex village of Tangmere. 


Evidently aware of what he had stumbled across, his subsequent report on the incident included a suggestion that the site would be eminently suitable for an aerodrome. Within twelve months, construction had started - and so was born the legend of R.A.F. Tangmere. 


Geoffrey Dorman became a well - known writer specialized in aviation. His publications include the following titles : Fifty years fly past : From Wright brothers to Comet ( 1951 ) and Shattering Silence ( 1955 ). 


( sources : www.key.aero, www.tangmere-museum.org.uk, www.amazon.fr, www.amazon.co.uk )

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