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Empire of the Clouds: When Britain's Aircraft Ruled the World (Paperback)
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Empire of the Clouds: When Britain's Aircraft Ruled the World (Paperback)

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Paperback 416 Pages / Published: 05/04/2018
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In 1945 Britain was the world's leading designer and builder of aircraft - a world-class achievement that was not mere rhetoric. And what aircraft they were. The sleek Comet, the first jet airliner. The awesome delta-winged Vulcan, an intercontinental bomber that could be thrown about the sky like a fighter. The Hawker Hunter, the most beautiful fighter-jet ever built and the Lightning, which could zoom ten miles above the clouds in a couple of minutes and whose pilots rated flying it as better than sex. How did Britain so lose the plot that today there is not a single aircraft manufacturer of any significance in the country? What became of the great industry of de Havilland or Handley Page? And what was it like to be alive in that marvellous post-war moment when innovative new British aircraft made their debut, and pilots were the rock stars of the age?

Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571341481
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 347 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 25 mm
Edition: Main

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Empire of Clouds is a description of Britain's aviation industry immediate after the WWII. The author relates the story through his own experience as a plane enthusiast in the 50s and 60s. The facts are related... More

Hardback edition
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“A History of an industry we were world leaders of”

A nostalgic romp through the British aircraft industry. Some amazing aircraft were produced, but also some complete duffers as well.

A must read for any one interested in planes.

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