Ken Miles (Two books about_]
-by Dave Friedman
-by Art Evans
If you watched the very engaging 2019 movie Ford v Ferrari you would have formed an opinion about Ken Miles. Probably not a great one and certainly not a balanced one. These two books paint a fuller picture by bringing many more voices to the table.
Making A Marque: Rolls-Royce Motor Car Promotion 1904–1940
by Peter Moss and Richard Roberts
If a tree falls in the forrest. . .. What good is it to have a great product if no one knows it? Advertising to the rescue. Rolls-Royce spent colossal sums on it, and looking at it today we find it tells much more than meets the eye.
Not Much of an Engineer, An Autobiography
by Sir Stanley Hooker
Gravely ill, this highly acclaimed aero engine engineer managed to stay alive just long enough to finish his autobiography. A modest man, he would have been embarrassed by the praise his eulogists bestowed on him.
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.