|Title||British Built Aircraft, vol. 1-5|
|Published by||The History Press
|ISBN||9780752427706, 9780752427850, 9780752429939, 9780752431628, 9780752434872|
|Price||Recommended Retail Price £17.99-19.99 per volume. Available online through www.amazon.co.uk|
The History Press advised us about this five-part book series, which, although it has been around for a while, is well worth a mention.
Throughout the century of aviation, British aircraft industry experienced periods of tremendous growth, as well as equally dramatic falls. In sum, thousands of companies, both large and small, have constructed aircraft or their components in Britain. From Weir of Cathcart’s Cierva Autogyros to the Cunard Steamship Company’s Aintree factory, via Short at Belfast, Supermarine at Itchen, Blackburn at Dumbarton, the Barnwell brothers at Stirling, Scottish Aviation at Prestwick, the Lake Windermere flying boat factory and the Inchinnan airship factory…
Over the decades, many illustrious British aircraft manufacturers have unfortunately ceased to exist, an so covering every aspect of their business in the UK required a great deal of thorough historic research. The author of British Built Aircraft, Ron Smith, took his job very seriously, reportedly travelling around the United Kingdom to locate the places where aircraft had once been built. His book covers the manufacturers of aircraft both big and small as well as a myriad of sub-contractors and one-off designs
This book encapsulates many of the stories of the great British aviation heritage. Of obvious interest to aviation enthusiasts and local historians alike, British Built Aircraft is a unique volume, to be used as prime source on its subject.
The five books in the series are:
- Volume 1: Greater London
- Volume 2: South-west and Central England
- Volume 3: South-east England
- Volume 4: Central and Eastern England
- Volume 5: Northern England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland