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Sir Alan Cobham: The Flying Legend Who Brought Aviation to the Masses

Sir Alan Cobham: The Flying Legend Who Brought Aviation to the Masses (Hardback)

By Cruddas, Colin

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Much-needed biography of one of aviation's greatest characters, providing an exciting account of a daring man during the formative years of air transportation.

ISBN 9781526738400
Published 1 November 2018 by Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781526738400
ISBN-10 1526738406
Stock Available
Status Pre-order title, release date has been delayed
Publisher Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Imprint Air World
Publication Date 1 November 2018
International Publication Date 3 September 2018
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Cruddas, Colin
Category Biography & Autobiography: Historical, Political & Military
Biography & Autobiography: Science, Technology & Engineering
Aviation Skills / Piloting
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 156mm
Height: 234mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Aeronautics - History - 20th cenury - Great Britain, Flying-machines - History - 20th century - Great Britain
NBS Text Biography: Historical, Political & Military
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 629.13092
Catalogue Code 941528

Description of this Book

Flying in the years between the two world wars was the preserve of the powerful and the wealthy, or so it was until Sir Alan Cobham's 'Flying Circus' began to tour Britain. A former pilot with the Royal Flying Corps in the First World War, Alan Cobham continued to fly, establishing air routes to the Empire countries. He also involved himself in aerial photography and survey work, undertook charter flights and pioneered the 'Air to Air' refuelling technique still in use today. Yet it was his National Aviation Day displays for which Sir Alan Cobham's name is best remembered. Affectionally known as 'Cobham's Flying Circus', his team of up to fourteen aircraft toured the United Kingdom, visiting hundreds of municipal locations, allowing 'ordinary' people to have their first taste of flying. So extensively did Cobham travel with his displays, and so popular did they become, that after war broke out in 1939, some 75 per cent of Britain's young men volunteering for aircrew duties claimed that their first experience of flying had been with 'the Circus'. Sir Alan's name still lives on in the aviation world. The creation of Flight Refuelling Limited in 1934 eventually led to the formation of what is today a major international aerospace and defence organisation-Cobham PLC.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

COLIN CRUDDAS worked for the Blackburn Aircraft Company as a senior systems engineer on the Buccaneer flight test program before moving to the United States where he was employed by both Boeing and McDonnell Douglas as a design engineer. After his return to the UK, having served for many years as the official archivist of the international aerospace company that today trades under the name of Cobham Plc, Colin Cruddas is uniquely qualified to write the definitive biography of one of the greatest pioneers in aviation history.

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