DIAMONDS IN THE SKY A Social History of Air Travel

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Many amateurs of aviation history have, like train spotters, a connoisseur's passion for the technical minutiae. Diamonds in the Sky is about the passengers who for sixty years have taken their courage in both hands and decided to fly.

Characteristics

Book cover finish Hardcover ( square back binding )
Special features Dust jacket
Condition Very Good
Number of pages 240
Published date 1979
Languages English
Size 18 x 25 x 2 cm
Author Kenneth Hudson – Julian Pettifer
Editor The Bodley Head Ltd

Description

Many amateurs of aviation history have, like train spotters, a connoisseur's passion for the technical minutiae. But aviation history is about the people as well as the planes, and Diamonds in the Sky is about the passengers who for sixty years have taken their courage in both hands and decided to fly. 

 

This is a highly readable and entertaining account of the ways in which flying has ministered to human needs, whims and follies. The tone is not one of unqualified admiration. The greatest thing the aeroplane has had to offer is speed. But its accommodation is cramped, its operations are easily disrupted by bad weather, and over the years what started as an adventure and a status symbol for the privileged few has become something of a trial of fortitude and patience for millions.

 

Profusely illustrated with sixteen pages in full colour and many black and white photographs, this book is based on a major BBC television series which Julian Pettifer presented.

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Kenneth Hudson – Julian Pettifer

A Kenneth Hudson OBE FSA ( 4 July 1916 – 28 December 1999 ), generally known as Kenneth Hudson, was a journalist, anti-museologist, broadcaster and book author.

In the Second World War he registered as a conscientious objector, serving in the Friends' Ambulance Unit. After the Second World War he worked in Germany in the Entnazifizierung campaign. As a journalist and museologist, he was a controversial character of the European museum scene and inventor of the term "industrial archaeology" in the 1960s, a broadcaster and the author of numerous books.


Julian Pettifer OBE ( born 21 July 1935 ) is an English television journalist.

He was President of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and is Vice President of the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts and the RSPB. He was voted BAFTA 'Reporter of the Year' for his coverage of the war in Vietnam in 1968.

Pettifer started work in television during the early days of ITV, as one of the original Southern Television announcers in 1958. He later moved to the BBC as a globe-trotting reporter for programmes such as Tonight, 24 Hours and Panorama. Pettifer also wrote and presented a number of documentaries for both BBC and ITV, including Diamonds in the Sky, on the subject of international air travel.


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