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In Turbulent Skies

British Aviation Successes and Setbacks - 1945-1975

By (author) Peter Reese
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: The History Press Ltd, Stroud, United Kingdom
Published: 22nd Jan 2020
Dimensions: w 153mm h 229mm d 26mm
Weight: 500g
ISBN-10: 0750993022
ISBN-13: 9780750993029
Barcode No: 9780750993029
Synopsis
IN 1945 confidence in British aviation was sky-high. Yet decades later, the industry had not lived up to its potential. What happened? The years that followed the war saw the Brabazon Committee issue flawed proposals for civil aviation planning. Enforced cancellations restricted the advancement of military aircraft, compounded later on by Defence Minister Duncan Sandys abandoning aircraft to fixate solely on missiles. Commercially, Britain's small and neglected domestic market hindered the development of civilian airliners. In the production of notorious aircraft, the inauspicious Comet came from de Havilland's attempts to gain an edge over its American competitors. The iconic Harrier jump jet and an indigenous crop of helicopters were squandered, while unrealistic performance requirements brought about the cancellation of TSR2. Peter Reese explores how repeated financial crises, a lack of rigour and fatal self-satisfaction led British aviation to miss vital opportunities across this turbulent period in Britain's skies.

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