Scottish Aerodromes of the 1920s and 1930s

Malcolm Fife

A history of aviation in Scotland in the 1920s and 1930s related through its airfields and landing grounds. All aspects of flying are covered including seaplane operations and gliding. There is also a chapter on aerodromes that were planned for a number of towns but never built. All the topics are illustrated with numerous photographs and plans.
Date Published :
October 2020
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Illustration :
99 black and white
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781781557655

Dimensions : 9.76 X 6.77 inches
Stock Status : In stock


The end of the First World War brought with it the closure most of the military aerodromes in Scotland. It, however, retained its links with naval aviation with aircraft carriers frequently exercising off the coast. In the latter part of the decade Auxiliary Air Force squadrons were formed at Edinburgh and Glasgow manned by civilians. With the rise of the Nazis in Germany, the RAF responded by building new airfields or re-opening former First World War sites. They included armament practice camps at Evanton and West Freugh where pilots could practice their skills in bombing and firing their weapons. RAF flying boats also visited various coastal locations around Scotland in the years leading up to the War. The inter-war services also saw the development of scheduled airline services within the country. They were, however, not between major towns but linked remote islands with major towns of the mainland. An air ambulance service was also created to serve isolated communities. All of these developments are covered as well as private flying and gliding. There is also a section on aerodromes that were planned but never built.

About The Author

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.


Malcolm Fife’s writing career started with a series of articles illustrated with his own photographs in the ‘Scots Magazine’. This was followed by his first book on the history of the Nor Loch which existed at the foot of Edinburgh Castle Rock until it was drained. This was followed by accounts of a number of military airfields including Crail and Drem. More recently he has had books published on ‘British Airship Bases’ and Edinburgh’s Calton Jail. He has also contributed articles to ‘Ships Monthly’.

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