THE PROVING FLIGHT

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This intriguing book, this novel to be precise, is a story of the air, of men's passions aroused by a ruthless ambition, and of a love which grew in fear and flowered in storm.

Characteristic

Book cover finish Hardcover ( square back binding )
Special features Dedicated copy, Original edition ( O.E. or Or.E )
Conditions Good
Number of pages 282
Published date 1956
Language English
Size 14 x 21 x 3 cm
Author David Beaty
Editor SECKER & WARBURG

What's this all about?

Emperor Able Dog was the first of the giant new aircraft with which Sir James Joliffe, Chairman of Air Enterprise Limied, planned to secure supremacy for Britain in the Atlantic air. For with this machine it would be possible to operate non - stop from London to New York even against the strongest headwinds.

 

But on the proving flight, with Sir James and the Under - Secretary for Air as passengers, all does not go as planned. On this roud trip from London to New York and Bermuda, the two captains, young Bellamy and the veteran Cavendish, are tested as never before ; for they find themselves with two, often conflicting, duties, to their chief and to their passengers. ( ... )

À PROPOS DE CET AUTEUR
David Beaty

Arthur David Beaty ( March 28th, 1919 - December 4th, 1999 ) was born in Hatton ( former Ceylon, present day Sri Lanka ). He was educated at the Kingswood School ( Bath, Somerset, England ) followed by Merton College ( Oxford, Oxfordshire, England ) where he read History and edited Cherwell, a student newspaper. 


Whilst at Oxford, the Second World War broke out prompting him to volunteer for pilot training with Oxford University Air Squadron. David Beaty was initially rejected by the R.A.F. pilot selection panel. Thanks largely to the support of his university tutors, he eventually passed selection and completed flying training, receiving a pilot grading of " exceptional ". 


Following flying training, he joined the Coastal Command, flying the Consolidated Liberator. He completed four tours with No. 206 Squadron and was rewarded with the Distinguished Flying Cross & Bar ( D.F.C. & Bar = two D.F.C.'s ). 


After the war, David Beaty was offered a regular commission with the R.A.F. However, he turned down the opportunity and joined B.O.A.C. where he was posted to the carrier's flagship route across the North Atlantic. His flying career with B.O.A.C. was short - lived. Soon, he took up writing on a full - time basis. 


David Beaty wrote 20 novels ( under the names Paul Stanton and Robert Stanton ) as well as some non - fiction books, such as : The Take Off ( 1949 ), Cone of Silence ( 1959 ), Village of Stars ( as Paul Stanton, 1960 ), The Siren Song ( 1964 ), The Human Factor in Aircraft Accidents ( 1969 ), The White Sea Bird ( 1979 ), The Complete Skytraveller ( 1979 ), Wings of the Morning ( with Betty Beaty, 1982 ), Light Perpetual : Aviators' Memorial Windows ( 1995 ). 


( source : Wikipedia )

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