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This book pictures the growth of British air transport from inception in 1910 to the formation of Imperial Airways in 1934 and the beginnings of BOAC. It shows the impetus given to aircraft production in the First World War and presents an account of the operational and financial fortunes of each of the principal airlines, which began operations shortly after.
By Robin Higham
The definitive work on early British commercial aviation: the result of a lifeís research and dedication
Written by an expert of British aviation with incredibly detailed and absorbing research
Handsomely illustrated with high-quality photographs and plans/maps spanning twenty-one years
Britainís Imperial Air Routes 1918-1939 pictures the growth of British civil air transport from its inception in 1910 through to the formation of Imperial Airways in 1934 and the beginnings of British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC).
Robin Higham shows the impetus given to aircraft production by the First World War, and presents a careful account of the operational and financial fortunes of each of the four principal British airlines, which began operations shortly thereafter.
The fight against official apathy and lack of foresight on the part of the government, the campaign for subsidies and the struggle with foreign competition are interestingly presented.
The development of the chosen-instrument concept in Great Britain is interestingly covered and the use of subsidies in this connection justified in order to place civil aviation on a firm financial base for the establishment of a great British airline to serve the Empire.
The result was Imperial Airways, which soon found itself in the awkward position of being expected to be both a successful commercial company and the chosen instrument of imperial policy.
The final emergence of British Overseas Airways was the result, and its organisation marks the close of the period covered in this volume. Included in the book are comprehensive statistical appendices and a complete bibliography.
Publication: 25 August 2016
Size: 234 x 156 mm
Extent: 384 pages
Illustrations: 74 mono
Rights: World, all languages
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