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Lady Lucy Houston DBE, Aviation Champion and Mother of the Spitfire

by Miles Macnair

Picture this: an air force is fighting for its very survival. A private citizen offers to buy her impoverished government several squadrons of fighter planes. The government says—no. This snub kickstarted a chain of events that culminated in Britain developing one of the important aircraft of all time.

History’s Most Important Racing Aircraft

by Don Berliner

Racing improves the breed and it garners attention. Here, a hundred years of milestone aircraft show how it’s done.

Rolls-Royce and the Halifax

by Dave Birch

Bolt a good motor to a good (on paper) airframe and you have one competent aircraft, right? Only if everyone sings off the same sheet, which was not the case here and which is what this book explores.

An Account of Partnership
 – Industry, Government and the Aero Engine

by M.C. Neale, editor

Bulman played a crucial role in getting Britain’s embryonic WWII aircraft development off the ground. Intrigue and politicking, groundbreaking ideas, all the big names in the aero industry of the day make an appearance.

The Bombing of Rolls-Royce at Derby 
in Two World Wars

by Kirk, Felix & Bartnik

Industrial sites are a prime bombing target, so much so that the British set up “shadow” factories to fool the enemy. But the actual R-R works took their share of hits, and here’s their story.

Rolls-Royce Motors: The Crewe Years

by Malcolm Bobbitt

Hard to imagine but a mere 64 pages manage to convey one of the best condensed versions of what was this fabled marque’s home for most of its now 110-year history.

Britain’s Greatest Aircraft

by Robert Jackson

Radar, jet engine, ejector seat, VTOL—these are just some of the technologies that carry a “Made in the UK” label. The book describes the design, development, and operational highlights of 22 significant examples of British fixed-wing aircraft.

Negative Gravity:
 A Life of Beatrice Shilling


by Matthew Freudenberg

This aeronautical engineer solved a vexing problem in a famous WWII aero engine, raced motorcycles, had a long string of letters after her name, but resolutely marched to her own beat—which is why today few remember her!

By Precision Into Power: A Bicentennial History of D. Napier

by Alan Vessey

From the earliest days of the Industrial Revolution into the 21st century, Napier engines and precision machinery made progress—literally and figuratively—possible. This book takes a stab at telling that story.

The Four Geniuses of the Battle of Britain: Watson Watt, Henry Royce, Sydney Camm & RJ Mitchell

by David Coles & Peter Sherrard

Radar, airframes, and aero engines played a key role in this predominantly aerial engagement. This book presents bios and work histories of four of the men in the design offices in the years before the war.

Freedom’s Forge: How American Business Produced Victory in World War II

by Arthur Herman

Two men who never donned a uniform were absolutely critical to America’s dominance in the war. At last here is a book to tell their story and the one of public and private sector cooperation. Don’t think for a moment this is a boring book!

Making Cars at Crewe

by Peter Ollerhead

Crewe was the home of Rolls-Royce until they moved to Goodwood. This book looks at how they are built and who does it.