Battle of Britain Memorial Flight

50 Years of Flying

Jarrod Cotter

 
Date Published :
November 2007
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
150 color and 50 b/w photos
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781844155668
Pages : 320
Dimensions : 10 X 7 inches
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$60.00

Overview
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The history of the Flight began with the formation of the Historic Aircraft Flight in July 1957, it was later to become known as The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. Countless displays and fly-pasts have enthralled audiences and enthusiasts all over Britain and in many parts of Europe, when the traditional Avro Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane can be seen in their wartime colors and the growl of all six Merlin engines stirs many nostalgic memories.

This book is written with the wholehearted support of the Flight’s Commanding Officer and the author has access to archive material. The book includes a Foreword from the OC BBMF, a complete history of the unit, chapters on each of the types operated, including the DC-3 Dakota and de Havilland Chipmunk and present-day operations. Photos include superb images from the BBMF archives, the author’s collection that includes historic black and white shots from the early days, air-to-air color, personalities and behind-the-scenes images.

This is the ultimate souvenir of the celebration of the BBMF’s 50th Anniversary.

About The Author
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Jarrod Cotter served in the RAF during the 1980s and 1990s. In that time he experienced the change from front line Cold War operations with the RAF Germany Harrier Force to the then new operational conflicts in the Gulf region with Tornados from RAF Brüggen. Specialising in the aerial photographic reconnaissance role, he worked on the HS Harrier GR.3 and Panavia Tornado GR.1/1A, working on Nos IV(AC) Squadron, IX(B) and 14 Squadrons. Following his time in the RAF he become a professional magazine editor with Warners Group Publications in Bourne, Lincolnshire, and went on to become the Deputy Editor of FlyPast magazine, the launch Editor of Aviation Classics and the Editor of Aeroplane Monthly. He now enjoys work as a freelance author, which allows him the opportunity to carry out detailed historical research. He is the author of Living Lancasters (Sutton, 2005), Battle of Britain Memorial Flight – 50 Years of Flying (Pen & Sword, 2007), the Avro Lancaster Owners’ Workshop Manual (Haynes, 2008), the North American P-51 Mustang Owners’ Workshop Manual (Haynes, 2010), the Bristol Blenheim Owners’ Workshop Manual (Haynes, 2015) and the Sopwith Camel Owners’ Workshop Manual (Haynes, 2016).

REVIEWS
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…clearly the definitive history of this unit. It is a very easy and enjoyable read that is more than just a history of the Flight's activities. It is a history of "a national tribute to all who have served, and continue to continue to serve

- Air Power History, Spring 2009

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