Landmarks in Aviation History

aviation history
ISBN 1-84683-036-2
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by Barry Smart
An illustrated guide to monuments in various parts of the world commemorating important people and events in the history of aviation.

Illustrated with many colour photographs, this book is an excellent source of information for any aviation enthusiast, giving the precise locations of a large number of monuments marking key events in the history of aviation or celebrating the lives of famous aviators which can be visited by the public, many of which are not mentioned in any tourist guidebooks.

This book is an enjoyable illustrated catalogue of the numerous aviation landmarks to be found in the UK, Europe and the USA, commemorating many of the important events and colourful personalities who contributed the progress of aviation.

In compiling his list of landmarks, Barry Smart uncovered a wealth of interesting information and insight into the lives of the often eccentric individuals whose obsessive interest in flight compelled them to take to the skies, regardless of the risk to life and limb.

Many landmarks – placed at the spot where these pioneer aviators fell to their deaths – are sombre reminders of the dangers inherent in Man’s early attempts to fly.

Other  aviation landmarks are celebrations of notable achievements or firsts, such as the first ever balloon flight or the first crossing of the English Channel or the Atlantic.

Yet more landmarks are to be found in aviation museums, where many fine examples of historically important vintage aircraft can be viewed at leisure by aviation enthusiasts and historians.

The locations of all these landmarks are given, making this an excellent guidebook for those who wish to incorporate a visit to any of these shrines to aviation into their holiday plans.

A small sample photographs  is shown below.

plaque commemorating the first balloon flight in 1783

A plaque celebrating the first-ever balloon flight in France, 1783.

plaque celebrating the first ever British balloon flight in 1785
Another plaque celebrating the first-ever British balloon flight in 1785.
monument to Frank Whittle inventor of the jet engine

Monument to Sir Frank Whittle, inventor of the jet engine.

monument to the invention of radar

Monument to the inventors of Radar in WW2.

battle of britain monument
Battle of Britain monument.
monument to Allcock and Brown

Monument to pioneer aviators Alcock and Brown.

binding softback
page size 205 x 290 mm
pages 254
illustrations many in colour and b/w