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Glasmoth : Moscow and back by Tiger Moth

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Magnificently illustrated with such an amount of photographs, this huge photo album depicts a pioneering flight with three Tiger Moth biplanes, taking off from Great Britain to reach the Soviet Union ( 1989 ).


Book cover finish Canvas finish, Hardcover ( square back binding )
Special features First edition, Dedicated copy, Slightly damaged dust jacket
Condition Used
Number of pages 160
Published date 1990
Languages English
Size 26 x 32 x 2 cm
Author Jonathan Elwes - Herbie Knott
Editor Quiller Press Limited


It was in April 1989 that a trio of Tiger Moth biplanes took off from White Waltham airfield in Berkshire for Sheremetyevo airport, the " Heathrow " of the Soviet Union.


( … ) The three British pilots with their Russian navigators undertook the whole pioneering flight - the first foreign touring flight in the Soviet Union since John Grierson's in 1932 - in the true spirit of the thirties, and the book reflects this.


The story proceeds at a tremendous pace through a variety of classic aviation adventures - failing radios, broken tailskids, hazardous weather, treetop approaches - all of which add up not only to a flight of a lifetime, but also a prelude to an almost certain lifting of barriers to private aviation in Soviet airspace. ( ... )

Jonathan Elwes - Herbie Knott

Jonathan Valentine Elwes ( January 19th, 1950 ) was born in Winchester ( Hampshire, England ). He became interested in flying while at Ampleforth College ( Yorkshire, England ) and, at the age of 15, he was selected from cadets of three schools to fly in a Gloster Javelin jet fighter. There was no turning back ! 

After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, Jonathan V. Elwes had a 10 year career in various financial positions with the Jardine Matheson Group ( which he joined in 1973 ) in Asia and Australia. After being posted to Singapore, flying became his favourite pastime. 

From 1978, he spent five years in Hong Kong where he served outside office hours as a volunteer Search & Rescue helicopter pilot with the Royal Hong Kong Auxiliary Air Force. Latterly he was financial controller of an associated company, Allied Food Industries, which manufactured Van Houten chocolates in Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia. 

He then spent 16 years with James Capel & Co ( latterly HSBC Investment Bank ) in the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands and India - as Managing Director in the latter two appointments. 

Now based in Dorset ( England ), Jonathan V. Elwes actively develops his own business portfolio, including a small farm in Ukraine with three Ukrainian partners - exporting soya to Indonesia and China - and vegetables to Europe. 

( sources : GENi, Glasmoth, )

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