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Project Apollo

by Norman Ferguson The History Press (May 01, 2019)

The Apollo missions to the Moon are some of the most successful and well-remembered manned spaceflights that NASA has ever accomplished, taking place in the heyday of space travel. Indeed, the programme was...


Spitfire Saga

by Angus Mansfield The History Press (January 01, 2019)

Rodney Scrase’s life in the RAF began in an old airship shed where he took the King’s shilling in May 1941. He learnt to fly at a BFTS in America and went on the fly Spitfires with Nos 72 and 1 Squadrons,...


Yesterday We Were In America

by Brendan Lynch The History Press (February 01, 2019)

Alcock and Brown’s first non-stop 1919 Atlantic flight was arguably the most significant aviation feat after the Wright Brothers’ 1904 flights. The first crossing of an ocean, the longest distance ever flown...


Flying Boats

by Charles Woodley The History Press (August 01, 2018)

From the early 1930s until the end of that decade long-distance air travel was the preserve of the flying-boat, which transported well-heeled passengers in ocean-liner style and comfort across the oceans. By...


The Complete Dambusters

by Charles Foster The History Press (May 08, 2018)

On 16 May 1943, nineteen Lancaster aircraft from the RAF’s 617 Squadron set off to attack the great dams in the industrial heart of Germany. Flying at a height of 60ft, they dropped a series of bombs which...


50 Airliners that Changed Flying

by Matt Falcus The History Press (June 28, 2018)

The invention of the aeroplane was the dawn of a new way of travelling. Its potential was quickly realised, and aircraft were developed to carry first mail and then passengers, over distances that would have...


Transforming the Skies

by Peter Reese The History Press (February 16, 2018)

Following the Armistice of 1918 the British Air Industry, including the newly founded RAF, held a low place in national priorities. The RAF was rapidly run down with the infant airlines being given the least...


A Passion for Speed

by Paul Smiddy The History Press (September 01, 2017)

Mildred Bruce enjoyed a privileged upbringing that allowed her to search for thrills beyond the bounds of most female contemporaries. She ‘borrowed’ her brother’s motorbike at only 15; she raced at Brooklands...