The British Aircraft Industry – Vickers Aviation

The British Aircraft Industry – Vickers Aviation



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The British Aircraft Industry – Vickers Aviation
Author: Roy Evans

A series of books that cover the British Aircraft Industry in the Twentieth Century. From young men interested in ballooning or making model aircraft, they developed aircraft for wartime and passenger transport.

In their fifty year existence as aircraft manufacturers, Vickers had just two designers, Rex Pierson and George Edwards. Pierson’s first major success was with the Vickers Vimy, which was used in 1919 by Alcock and Brown to be the first men to cross the Atlantic. In 1935 George Edwards joined Vickers as a draughtsman. Pierson designed the Wellington bomber, which entered service with the RAF in 1938 and was finally retired in 1953.

George Edwards became Chief Designer of Vickers in 1945 and was responsible for the development of the Valiant ‘V’ bomber, along with the Viking, Viscount and Vanguard range of airliners. His last Vickers project was the VC-10. Vickers played a major part in British aviation history, their influence starting with airships and ending with Concorde.

Author: Roy Evans has been a keen amateur military historian for forty years, studying the United States 8th Army Air Force, when he lived in East Anglia and more recently whilst living in Northamptonshire, Royal Air Force Bomber Command. Roy is a member of several organisations, supporting the Lincolnshire Lancaster Association for the last twenty five years and also the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre at East Kirkby.

As a member of the Royal Air Force Historical Society for several years he regularly attends their meetings. He is the Retford U3A Group Leader for their Military History Group and is a regular speaker at their monthly meetings.

He has also written a number of books and has had a number of works published in specialist aviation magazines. He is a regular contributor to the Lincolnshire Lancaster Association’s journal ‘Memorial Flight’.

  • ISBN: 9781838133030
  • Format: Paperback
  • Product Pages: 264
  • Dimensions: 210 x 150 x 13 mm
  • Illustrations: includes black & white photographs