Through paintings made by the Guild of Aviation Artists, this fantastic book will take you in a journey to discover the Five Ages of Aviation.
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For the first time, is the story of aviation illustrated entirely with paintings.
These are special paintings, too, for all are the original works o members of the highly regarded Guild of Aviation Artists and, with one or two exceptions, none seen have been published before.
The text, too, is original in its viewpoint, for the author has concentrated on those incidents in aviation's past that not only seem to him to be of most significance and interest, but those also that have been neglected and deserving of more attention than they normally receive.
The author's narrative and that special capacity of the artist to be ’ present ’ and capture - perhaps for the first time - a dramatic event vividly, with atmosphere and refreshing account of the story of Flight - The Five Ages of Aviation.
John Blake was a Guild of Aviation Artist, Raconteur, Historian and Airshow Commentator. When the Second World War started, he originally wished to enter the Royal Air Force ( his father having been in the Royal Flying Corps ), but was turned down as at that point there were no vacancies!!! He therefore joined the Irish Guards as a subaltern and hence commenced his own type of war, causing chaos, blowing up bridges and for a short time owning a Messerschmitt Bf 109, which he subsequently blew up with spectacular results in case the original owner re - appeared. He was heavily involved with the ’ Micks ’ ( Irish Guards ) in ’ Operation Market Garden ’ after his landing in Normandy on the beaches.
After the war, and patched up as well as could be done, he attended the Glasgow School of Art where, having to change hands, he trained as an artist. This was a skill he was to use until very recently and which led to him becoming a Fellow of the Guild of Aviation Artists and a former Chairman of that Guild. He found employment with the Royal Aero Club of the United Kingdom as their librarian. This suited him down to the ground, as his other love is Naval, Army and Air Force history. He had the run of the Library at the Royal Aeronautical Society and was paid to do this.
John Blake became a stalwart of the British Aerobatic Association and an International Aerobatic Judge and was the Contest Director for the World Aerobatic Championships held in Hullavington in 1970. He has published a couple of books about aviation, such as Early Airplanes ( 1974 ), Aviation Art ( 1987 ) and 40 Years at Farnborough : S.B.A.C.'s International Aviation Showcase ( with Mike Hooks, 1990 ).
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