SOPWITH-THE MAN AND HIS AIRCRAFT

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The scope of this book is extremely wide; Sopwith aircraft were built for the Schneider Trophy contest both before and after the 1914-1918 War; and before Alcock and Brown flew the Atlantic the crossing had been attempted by a Sopwith aircraft specially designed for the purpose. Over 150 photographs of Sopwith aircraft have been published in earlier "Harleyford" books but every effort has been made to avoid duplication in this book.

Characteristics

Book cover finish Hardcover ( square back binding )
Special features Damaged dust jacket, First published Autumn 1970 by AIR REVIEW LTD
Condition Good
Number of pages 212
Published date 1970
Languages English
Collection / Series HARLEYFORD-THE WORLD'S BEST AVIATION HISTORICAL BOOKS
Size 21 x 29 x 2 cm
Author Bruce Robertson
Editor Harleyford Publications Ltd.

Description

The scope of this book is extremely wide; Sopwith aircraft were built for the Schneider Trophy contest both before and after the 1914-1918 War; and before Alcock and Brown flew the Atlantic the crossing had been attempted by a Sopwith aircraft specially designed for the purpose. Over 150 photographs of Sopwith aircraft have been published in earlier "Harleyford" books but every effort has been made to avoid duplication in this book. In fact, the well-known words `hitherto unpublished' were never more appropriate than to the many (over four hundred) which illustrate it; while acknowledgement to the British Broadcasting Corporation for the words 'HIGH Adventure' would make a fine sub-title for its earlier chapters, in which are described the many exciting, at times daunting and at times amusing, experiences of one of Britain's leading Air Pioneers. Finely detailed 1/72 scale 3-view line drawings of no less than 29 Sopwith aircraft are provided, and supported by a type-by-type review of every Sopwith type and sub-type. The Camel is, of course, the most well-known of the Sopwith designs and Peter G. Cooksley has, therefore, prepared (from original works references) the most detailed drawings of this aircraft. Even wheel spoke nipples, and fabric-laced eyelets are drawn to scale : These drawings occupy no less than six pages, and will enable the finest, and most detailed scale models (whether 'solid' flying or non-flying) to be built. For many Americans this book will be of special interest because of Sopwith's early flying activities in America, while the United States Air Services used large numbers of British and French-built Sopwith aircraft, towards the end of the 1914-1918 War. Australians will also find this book of great interest because Harry Hawker took the prototype Tabloid to demonstrate it round his, own homeland in 1914 and a number of young Australian engineers were employed by Sopwith, including Kauper who designed a synchronized gun gear. Sopwith aircraft were used by the Australian Flying Corps, and, post-war, Sopwith built the Wallaby for the England-Australia Flight prize. That Sir Thomas having turned down ALL of several offers earlier received, should give Harleyford' his full support, is a privilege that is much appreciated; in particular his permission to reproduce at the front of this book his Family Coat of Arms and to be allowed to print thereunder `This book has been produced with the co-operation and approval of Sir Thomas Sopwith C.B.E.'
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Bruce Robertson

Bruce Robertson is an author specialized in aviation, whom has published several books on the very topic, such as : Spitfire - The story of a famous fighter ( 1961 ), Aircraft camouflage and markings, 1907 - 1954 ( 1966 ), British military aircraft serials, 1912 - 1966 ( 1967 ), Sopwith : the man and his aircraft ( 1970 ), Wheels of the RAF : Vehicles of the flying services through two world wars ( 1983 ), Halifax Special ( 1990 ). 


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