British Aircraft Industry Since 1909
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Britain established the world's first aircraft factory in 1909 after the Short brothers met up with the American Wright brothers and struck a deal. The industry expanded rapidly to rise to the challenge of WWI with such thoroughbreds as the Camel and the SE5. The post-conflict slump proved to be difficult but classics such as the Moths, the Hart family and the Gladiator maintained Britain's leadership. Another war loomed and iconic types such as the Hurricane, Lancaster, Mosquito, Spitfire and the Meteor jet appeared. With the return of peace over 20 major manufacturers faced inevitable contraction. The misguided Bristol Brabazon airliner was a dead end but the superb de Havilland Comet and Vickers Viscount led the field. Canberras, Hunters, Lightnings and the V-bombers met the Cold War confrontation. For the first time here is a readable, highly illustrated, examination of the entire industry; its heritage and the changes it faces in the 21st century, both technical and political.
|Publication Date||18 Jun 2021|
|Record last updated||24/06/2021|