Published by Mitor Publications. Author/historian Richard C.
Smith ISBN: 978-1-5272-6986-6 Format: Softback Dimensions: 257 x
197 Pages: 256 370 black & white photographs. Price: £13.99 plus
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Another book about Biggin Hill? Well, yes, but please read on.
For those of you unacquainted with the work of Richard
C.Smith, he has been ploughing a lone furrow for many years
through his Mitor Publications business, specialising in the
history of the R.A.F. in the London area. The subtitle is an
accurate description of this book, for there is very little main
text and it mostly consists of extended captions to a large
number of illustrations. The photographs are of a decent size,
the reproduction also being of a high standard, and, whilst many
are often seen, others are not familiar.
There are a few niggling errors. A Hawker Demon is described as
a Hart, there is a reference to a "Blackburn" Prentice and a few
names are misspelt, but all in all I liked this book.
Steve Williams January 2021
We all know how difficult it is to get a
flight in a 2 seat Spitfire. But what if I told you that you can
now be part of a Spitfire aerial display - and be in the air
yourself! Steve Burt at Action Stations is now offering you a
chance to fly in a helicopter over the cliffs of Dover, while
our own Flt Lt Charlie Brown displays his Spitfire BM597 around,
above and below you.
'When the Spitfire came into sight, it was
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times, the plane comes so close, it is as if you can reach out
and shake the pilot's hand.'
This is a dream come true for all Spitfire
enthusiasts. Go and visit Steve's site and help support this
Spitfire Survivors - Then and Now
Volume I of this highly
recommended book was given its first outing on the 26th March
Shoreham Airport at the aerojumble marquee. All three authors
were present signing copies of the full colour version.
Update: Authors were
signing copies at Duxford Flying Legends on Saturday 9th July
the Aviation Bookshop stand.
From left to right, Peter Arnold, Gordon Riley
and Graham Trant
Picture courtesy of John Goodman
Further details of this 2 volume set can be
Air Café, Brno, Czech Republic
On a recent visit to the Czech
Republic, I was fortunate enough to be introduced to the Air
Café in Brno. It was like walking into an RAF museum. There are
display cases everywhere packed full of original WW2 items, many
of which are linked to Czech pilots. Pictures and more exhibits
adorn every inch of the walls and you can quite easily spend a
whole afternoon/evening there just soaking up the atmosphere. An
added bonus for me was that it also serves the finest Czech
beers - I heartily recommend a pint or two of Svijany. Even if
you were not intending to go to Brno, a trip to the Czech
Republic would not be the same without stopping off at the Air
Café. Tell Albert, the owner, that I have sent you - I promise
that you will be well looked after. G.C.
We Need You!
Volunteers for Air shows
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