British Airship Bases of the Twentieth Century

Malcolm Fife

 
Date Published :
March 2015
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Language:
English
Illustration :
180 black and white illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781781552810
Pages : 320
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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$50.00

Overview
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Numerous books have been written on airships, but few concentrate on their bases and infrastructure to support their operations. British Airship Bases of the Twentieth Century starts with documenting the primitive facilities from which the early machines flew in the years prior to the First World War. The outbreak of the First World War resulted in airships being adopted for military purposes and bases were established across Britain. Most of these were operated by the Royal Naval Air Service for the protection of shipping against U-boats. In the 1920s, an attempt was made by the British Government to build airships for commercial transport. The locations where these giants of the sky were constructed are described as well as the proposed overseas passenger terminals. The latter part of this enthralling and detailed book chronicles the attempt to establish the airship as a means of transport to link together the far flung lands of the British Empire. Reference is also made at attempts to revive the airship in the closing decade of the 20th century and the locations associated with them.

About The Author
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Malcolm Fife has previously written a number of aviation books, including detailed histories of RAF Drem and RNAS Crail airfields, as well as a guide to First World War aerodromes in Scotland. In addition, he has produced numerous illustrated photo features for the Scots Magazine and other publications.

REVIEWS
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"well organized and profusely illustrated with photographs, drawings and maps. The work contains appendices, endnotes, and bibliography, all of which make it a useful reference work. It covers the period from the early pioneers through to the modern era and it provides a good clear examination of the airship bases and the airships that flew from these locations in the British Isles as well as overseas British-operated bases, making it a valuable contribution to the subject matter."

- Aerodrome

"The book is well organized and profusely illustrated with photographs, drawings and maps. It covers the early pioneers through to the modern era and it provides a clear examination of British airship bases and the craft that flew from them. British Airship Bases of the Twentieth Century is a valuable contribution to the subject matter"

- Over the Front, Autumn 2015

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