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EARLY AVIATION AT FANBOROUGH. THE FIRST AEROPLANES.
by PERCY WALKERPUBLISHED ; MACDONALD
1st EDITION 1974
The First Aeroplanes is complementary to Dr Walker’s previous, much-praised Early Aviation at Farnborough: Balloons, Kites and Airships. Covering a similar period (from 1904 up to 1910) it completes the story of the development of manned ﬂight in Britain, under the aegis of what was to become the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough:. The book tells three main stories, centring round the most prominent designers of the time: the Wright brothers, Samuel Franklin Cody, and the near- mystic John William Dunne. The analysis of British negotiations with the Wrights throws much light on these pioneers’ character and achievements; similarly, the research into Cody’s aeroplane overthrows many received opinions and establishes that the proper credit for the ﬁrst aeroplane ﬂight in Britain belongs to it. Dr Walker’s research is meticulous, and of a practical nature; he spent a consider- able time in the highlands of Scotland, near Blair Atholl, establishing the geography of the events which took place there when Dunne tried out his machines, and interviewing those few people‘ who could still remember the excitement that it caused. ‘ As in the previous volume, the brilliantly researched collection of contemporary photographs is an outstanding feature, and vividly illustrates the story as it is told. There is no comparable account of the birth of British ﬂying, and Dr Walker is without question the master historian of the period.
CONDITION V GOOD , WITH DUST JACKET BINDING TIGHT .CLEAN INTERIOR
IN SLIP CASE