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Empire of the Clouds: When Britain's Aircraft Ruled the World

Empire of the Clouds: When Britain's Aircraft Ruled the World

Publisher : Faber & Faber
SKU: 9780571341481
R 225,00
R 191,25
In 1945 Britain was the world's leading designer and builder of aircraft - a world-class achievement that was not mere rhetoric.
In 1945 Britain was the world's leading designer and builder of aircraft - a world-class achievement that was not mere rhetoric. And what aircraft they were. The sleek Comet, the first jet airliner. The awesome delta-winged Vulcan, an intercontinental bomber that could be thrown about the sky like a fighter. The Hawker Hunter, the most beautiful fighter-jet ever built and the Lightning, which could zoom ten miles above the clouds in a couple of minutes and whose pilots rated flying it as better than sex.

How did Britain so lose the plot that today there is not a single aircraft manufacturer of any significance in the country? What became of the great industry of de Havilland or Handley Page? And what was it like to be alive in that marvellous post-war moment when innovative new British aircraft made their debut, and pilots were the rock stars of the age?
Products specifications
ISBN13 9780571341481
Publisher Faber & Faber
Contributor By (author) James Hamilton-Paterson
Publication Date 2018-04-05
Language English
Format Paperback / softback
Pages 416
Product Dimensions (H x W x L) in mm 198 X 129 X 210
Shipping Weight (grams) 347
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In 1945 Britain was the world's leading designer and builder of aircraft - a world-class achievement that was not mere rhetoric. And what aircraft they were. The sleek Comet, the first jet airliner. The awesome delta-winged Vulcan, an intercontinental bomber that could be thrown about the sky like a fighter. The Hawker Hunter, the most beautiful fighter-jet ever built and the Lightning, which could zoom ten miles above the clouds in a couple of minutes and whose pilots rated flying it as better than sex.

How did Britain so lose the plot that today there is not a single aircraft manufacturer of any significance in the country? What became of the great industry of de Havilland or Handley Page? And what was it like to be alive in that marvellous post-war moment when innovative new British aircraft made their debut, and pilots were the rock stars of the age?
Products specifications
ISBN13 9780571341481
Publisher Faber & Faber
Contributor By (author) James Hamilton-Paterson
Publication Date 2018-04-05
Language English
Format Paperback / softback
Pages 416
Product Dimensions (H x W x L) in mm 198 X 129 X 210
Shipping Weight (grams) 347
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