During World War Two Prestwick became an important training centre for RAF pilots and David was heavily involved with this and with the later development of Prestwick into an international airport.
Just six years after his first solo flight David McIntyre faced the biggest challenge of his flying career when, piloting an open-cockpit Westland Wallace biplane, he flew over Mount Everest on a record-breaking expedition in 1933.
Using a number of previously unpublished images and accounts of the 1933 Everest flight, the book unveils the drama and near disasters of this early aviation milestone.
That same pioneering spirit fuelled his vision for later challenges – launching a Scottish based aircraft company that would go on to produce the successful Prestwick Pioneer and Twin Pioneer aircraft; establishing Scottish Airlines during the growth period of commercial travel in the post-war era; struggling through the years of airline nationalisation and developing a major international airport hub at Prestwick.
Previously unpublished material from private letters, photographs and pilot’s logbooks have been brought together for the first time in this fascinating portrait of one of Scotland’s aviation heroes, written by Dougal McIntyre, David’s son.