Books

Flight: The Complete History of Aviation

A stunning visual celebration of the world's aircraft and the pioneers who made a dream become reality.

Introducing Flight - a historical and visual exploration of awe-inspiring aviation over a period of one hundred years, from the earliest aeroplane prototypes to today's supersonic jets, this all-encompassing book about aeroplanes takes you on an action-packed flight to explore some of the greatest commercial and military aircraft ever made.

So fasten your seatbelt and prepare for takeoff as DK takes you on a journey to explore:

  • Spectacular photographs and evocative archive images from the Smithsonian collection capture the most memorable events in the history of flight

  • 300 profiles showcase iconic aircrafts, providing key facts

  • Offers a clear and compelling account of aviation history in short, self-contained episodes

Explore stunning photographic galleries of planes, helicopters, and airships, each accompanied by its vital statistics. From the Wright brothers' first powered flight to Concorde's final voyage, Flight takes you sky-high, swooping you through world aviation history. Featuring spectacular photography of iconic aircraft, this book also recounts the feats of pioneers, trailblazers, and jet test pilots, and traces the technological developments so important to aviation's progress.

Memorable moments of aerial warfare and record-breaking flights are recalled alongside more than 250 profiles of innovative aircraft in this book packed with flight facts for the aviation enthusiast. The human experience of flying is documented too, and historical quotes give a glimpse into the thoughts and ambitions of key figures in flight history.

A must-have volume for anyone interested in aircraft, whether a gift or a self-purchase, Flight is an all-encompassing airplane book that has something for everyone to love and enjoy. Aviation enthusiasts of all stripes and ages will be captivated by DK's Flight- a comprehensive and beautifully presented guide to the story of flight.

Explore speed, power and style as you jet across the world with your new-found knowledge on all things aviation!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Flight-Complete-Aviation-R-G-Grant/dp/0241515742

81 Lessons from the Sky

Do you want to be the pilot who comes home after every flight?

Learn from the experiences of other pilots so you don't become another air incident statistic.

81 Lessons From The Sky contains 81 true stories from actual pilots, including what they learnt from their accidents and near misses. 81 stories from around the globe, from the General Aviation community on their own near misses and their learnings.

All 81 stories have been selected and republished with permission from NASA, CASA and CHIRP, and include first hand pilot reports about aviation accidents from the USA, Australia and the United Kingdom.

81 lessons learnt from taxiway incidents, refuelling errors, airspace infringements, cloud base confusion, reliance on GPS systems, storm fronts, military airspace incursions, and many, many more.

Each story is short and easy to read, written in the voice of the pilot who lived to report back. You'll recognise the names of the aircraft, and you may have even landed at some of the airfields mentioned in these pages. Aircraft like the Conquest, the Pawnee, the Cessna 150, the 172, a Piper 6XT, even a Bird Dog, and others.

This book is an essential read for all current and future pilots. Remember, safety first. Order now.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/81-Lessons-Sky-Fletcher-McKenzie/dp/0473419947

The Little Book of Aviation

The Little Book of Aviation is a collection of facts, figures and interesting stories from the world of flight.

Sad, humorous, baffling and astounding stories abound, from the pioneering days of the Wright Brothers to the present day, and covering everything from great milestones, famous names who’ve served, and the greatest of aircraft icons; phantom pilots and aircraft and a glossary of slang; the origins of plane-spotting and unusual aircraft names; great feats and enduring mysteries; lucky escapes and great aircraft in the movies… the trivia is limitless and will appeal to everyone, whether you want help telling your Spitfire from your Messerschmitt or you know a Spitfire I from a Spitfire II!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Little-Book-Aviation-History-Press/dp/0752488376


Test Pilots of the Jet Age

Today, as we board our flights to Adelaide, Zurich, and all points in between, we give little thought to the jet power that will take us there. But, this is only possible because just over 70 years ago a select band of British test pilots was prepared to risk all in the quest to fly further, faster and higher than ever before.

Their quest was fraught with danger; disaster and death were never far away. This book captures eleven of those stories as told by the pilots themselves - their words as to how they took British aviation to the forefront of a new era, the Jet Age'. Britain's aircraft industry was booming in the years immediately after the end of the Second World War and the demand for test pilots seemingly limitless as new aircraft types rolled off the drawing boards.

Meteors, Vampires, Hunters, Comets, Victors, Vulcans and Harriers were some of the aircraft that became world-beaters. Today, these names and the role played by the test pilots in bringing these projects to fruition are all but forgotten. The stories were filmed over a number of years and it is the edited transcripts of those interviews that form a unique and rare perspective on such a pivotal era in aviation.

Most were veterans of the Second World War with illustrious service records. Now they faced new battles as they flew new airframes and engines to the limit and sometimes beyond. First, they had to conquer the sound barrier' which to many, scientists and the public alike, had assumed almost mythic status. Having done that, they were soon flying at twice the speed of sound, such was the rate of progress. It took discipline, technical know-how, an above average level of flying skill and according to some, a lack of imagination to make a good test pilot.

Their stories are often insightful, always modest and often tinged with humour.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Test-Pilots-Jet-Age-Heralded/dp/1526747758