Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 01:18 AM UTC
Due for publication next month by Fonthill Media, Derek James' reworked story of Gloster Aircraft looks set to be the definitive study of the company and its aircraft.
Gloster Aircraft Since 1917
Derek N. James
Every aircraft that emerged from the Gloster Aircraft Company profiled in stunning detail
· A classic text reissued and updated, and a companion piece to his book Gloster Aircraft Company that was reissued in 2014
· Written by the foremost expert on the company
· Profiles of every type to leave the factory in stunning detail
Although renowned for its series of seaplane racers for the Schneider Trophy contests and fighters such as the Gamecock and Gladiator, the Gloster Aircraft Company ran the gamut of design ingenuity, even though no type was ordered into quantity production in the pre-war period. During the Second World War, Gloster Aircraft Company built 2,500 Hurricanes and 3,300 Typhoons for the parent company Hawker. Gloster Aircraft Company was chosen to produce Britain’s first jet aircraft, the E28/39 or ‘Gloster Whittle’, and followed its success with the ubiquitous Meteor and all-weather, missile-carrying Javelin, of which some 4,000 were built. This updated edition of Gloster Aircraft Since 1917 describes the company’s formation and development in the face of a diminishing need for military aircraft and provides some fascinating insights into the manner in which it struggled to surmount the engineering and financial problems of the four decades of its existence before succumbing to the economic and political pressures of the post-1957 Defence White Paper era. Each chapter covers a specific aeroplane, discussing its construction, development and operational history, and comprehensive appendices give year by year production figures, UK and export sales, air racing successes and record achievements.
Size: 248 x 172 mm
Extent: 352 pages
Illustrations: 496 mono/93 colour
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