From War to Peace

A Photographer's View of British Aviation During the 1940s

Richard Riding

Date Published :
November 2016
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Illustration :
200 black and whte photographs
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From War to Peace: A Photographer's View of British Aviation in the 1940s is a photographic record of the aviation scene in Britain between the years 1940-1949. The photographs were taken by E. J. Riding (1916-1950) who spent his entire working life in the aviation industry, but was tragically killed in a flying accident. During his short life, he worked as an aircraft engineer, professional photographer, draughtsman and aero-modeller and as an aviation writer. Riding began taking photographs of aircraft in 1931 aged fifteen. Fortunately, he kept copious notes recording the locations and dates of when and where aircraft were photographed. During the 1940s, he covered the rapid transition from propeller-driven aircraft to first-generation jets. The early part of the book covers Riding's wartime work as an aircraft inspector with two major aircraft companies, mostly illustrated with photographs taken surreptitiously. Once civil aviation returned in January 1946, Riding took many air-to-air photographs of light aircraft that made regular visits to Heathrow and Croydon to photograph the new generation of airliners. Three Farnborough air shows are featured in addition to several race meetings, including one featuring the latest piston and jet fighters. From War to Peace: A Photographer's View of British Aviation in the 1940s records one of the most exciting periods in British aviation.

About The Author

RICHARD RIDING was born in 1942 and employed as an aerial photographer during 1958-62. He was a freelance photographer in 1962-71, specialising in aerial photography and photographing pop singers for Polydor Records. Riding joined the editorial staff of Flight International magazine in 1971-73 and founded Aeroplane Monthly in 1973. Previous books include Ultralights – The Early British Classics (Patrick Stephens, 1987), Elstree Aerodrome: An Illustrated History (co-written with Grant Peerless, Sutton Publishing, 2003), Leavesden Aerodrome: From Halifaxes to Hogwarts (co-written with Grant Peerless, Amberley Publishing, 2011), Plus hundreds of aviation articles published in Aeroplane Monthly, etc.

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