Archive for Items Categorized 'Civilian', only excerpts shown, click title for full entry.

Concorde: The Rise and Fall of the Supersonic Airliner

by Jonathan Glancey

You may have missed the memo but within only the last year two major initiatives have been launched to revive supersonic civilian air travel—forty years after Concorde first tested the waters. And we know how that went.

Bill Lancaster: The Final Verdict

by Ralph Barker

Romance. Record-flying. Murder. Acquittal. Fatal plane crash in the desert: accident? suicide? What, you’re still on the fence whether you want to read this book??

Trailblazer in Flight, Britain’s First Female Jet Airline Captain

by Yvonne Pope Sintes

“Airworthiness” of a different kind is the topic here: can—should—a woman be at the helm of a commercial airliner? You’ll shudder at some of the reactions in her time (1950s), and then you’ll shudder some more because glass ceilings are still very real today.

World’s Fastest Four-Engine Piston-Powered Aircraft

by Mike Machat

This super sleek photo recon plane did fly faster, higher, and farther than anything else in the sky but the relentless march of progress sidelined it.

Queen of Speed: The Racy Life of Mary Petre Bruce

by Nancy R. Wilson

First to fly from England to Japan, first to cross the Yellow Sea, first woman to circumnavigate the world alone; first, first, first, record, record, record, on sea/air/land. What this lady accomplished in her 95 years on this Earth defies absolutely anything.

X-Planes of Europe: Secret Research Aircraft from the Golden Age 1947–1974

by Tony Buttler & Jean-Louis Delezenne

Showcasing European efforts, the aircraft in this excellent book did by and large not advance into production but some of the technologies they tested did—the lift fan, vectored thrust, supersonic flight, to name a few.

The ATL-98 Carvair: A Comprehensive History of the Aircraft and All 21 Airframes

by William Patrick Dean

Come fly with me—and bring your car along! Or a whale (no kidding)! That’s what the Carvair made possible. A good idea—but what happened to it?

The Art of the Airways

by Geza Szurovy

Award-winning aviation journalist Geza Szurovy has had a life-long love affair with airplanes and he’s even a pilot himself. And because he thinks about the world and the place of everything in it, he connects some interesting dots.

Airplane Racing: A History, 1909–2008

by Don Berliner

Berliner has been writing books and magazine articles about airplane racing for five decades and here gives us a data-packed 260 pages describing more than 187 separate air racing events worldwide. For the time period between 1909 (the first race in France) and 2008 he lists who won each event, what they flew, and what engine twisted the prop.

The Concorde Story

by Christopher Orlebar

First published in 1986 on the plane’s 10-year anniversary in commercial service this is the only one of the many, many books to have reached a service life—25 years—almost as long as that of the aircraft—27 years—it covers. Continuously reprinted/updated the book is now in its 7th edition and has sold in excess of 100,000 copies!

Concorde: A Photographic History

by Jonathan Falconer

You might be looking at the 18 feet of Concorde books on your bookshelf and wonder what could there possibly be that’s new under the sun? Been there, done that. Not so fast there . . .

Concorde (Darling)

by Kev Darling

With over 20 years of RAF engineering background and over 20 aviation books since 1986 under his belt, Darling knows his way around an aircraft. Since seeing the first production examples being built at Filton he’s kept an eye on this plane and harbored a desire to learn more about it.