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Transforming the Skies

Pilots, Planes and Politics in British Aviation 1919-1940



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The exponential growth of British civil and military aviation between the wars. 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 possible help. Such neglect continued during the 1920s. The RAF's role was questioned and civilian air travel remained the province of the well-heeled few. But the breakdown of the Geneva Disarmament Talks led to renewed interest in the National Air Force and the rise of the European dictators brought calls for rapid modernisation and interceptor aircraft, together with the development of further European civilian air routes. This important study investigates the rapid changes in the interwar period in the realm of aviation, revealing the transformative last-minute preparations for defence in a world where much depended on the contributions of some outstanding individuals. AUTHOR: Peter Reese spent his career in HM Forces, and since then has been a full-time writer with 11 books published, including a Scottish best-seller. His writing has been recommended for a Maritime Media Award and his The Flying Cowboy: The Story of Samuel Cody, Britain's First Airman (The History Press) continues to attract interest including the possibility of a film. 85 b/w illustrations

Product code: 9780750984102

ISBN 9780750984102
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H234xW156
Publisher The History Press Ltd
No. Of Pages 288
The exponential growth of British civil and military aviation between the wars