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British Airports by Leo Marriott (£11.50)Publisher: Ian Allan — 1993Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0711020760]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Small sticker to the first blank. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Diagrams; Maps; Tables;

From the cover: “It is a sobering thought that, around the world, over 1,000 million passengers are boarding scheduled airline flights every year and the figure is constantly increasing. Added to this are millions of charter passengers as well as others on private or business flights and all of these have one thing in common — they will begin and end their flight at an airport. Those with an interest in aviation affairs will inevitably concentrate their attention on the aircraft themselves, perhaps the most exciting machines ever invented by man, but from the very earliest days aviators have always been dependant on support from the ground. Of course, their original demands were few, any reasonably flat area would do for taking-off and landing and a few gallons of fuel could be easily carried in cans. However, early aircraft were fragile and at the mercy of the elements and so some sort of weatherproof shelter soon became a necessity. As aircraft got larger and heavier, they needed longer take-off and landing runs and so aerodromes became larger, although still very small by modern standards.

Since the early years technical improvements in aircraft design have forced airport authorities to provide better facilities such as longer runways, larger terminals, radar, runway and approach lighting, and instrument landing systems.

This book attempts, through the medium of photographs, to show some of the history of our airports and how they have grown and developed over the years. While all the major airports have been covered in varying detail, an effort has been made to include a large cross section of the many smaller or less busy airfields which, nevertheless, play an important part in the communities they serve. As far as possible aerial photographs have been used as these best show the airfield layout and are useful for comparative purposes.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 7". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. In the Then & Now series. 160 pages. Tags: 9780711020764 history world aeronautics transportation airports great britain pictorial works aircraft interest aerospace air transport industries engineering technology european other than ireland aviation leo marriott 0711020760 then now first editions firsts printings 1st
P&P: UK 1st £3.92. UK 2nd £2.30. EU Surface £6.46. EU Air £6.60. ROW Surface £6.46. ROW Air £11.72

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Upwardly Mobile by Norman Tebbit (£11.50)Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson — 1988Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0297794272]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.Description: Illustrated with B&W photographs.From the flap: “Norman Tebbit has made a reality of his vision of England and, with Mrs Thatcher, has overseen the most radical changes to British society since Lloyd George. How that has been achieved makes Norman Tebbit’s autobiography compelling reading for friend and enemy alike. Norman Tebbit by no means comes from a traditional Conservative background. Academic achievement and a strong sense of purpose took Tebbit first to grammar school and then the RAF which provided him with a fine substitute for university. During his career in BOAC as an airline pilot he was marked down as ‘unsuitable for management’, but his experience of negotiating on behalf of his union crystallized many of his views. In fascinating glimpses behind the scenes, Norman Tebbit reveals the true story of Mrs Thatcher’s rise to power and the vital part he played.”Notes: Jacket designed by Nicika Powling. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 280 pages. Tags: and autobiography biographies biography bombing brighton britain cabinet conservatism conservative depression edward electoral employment for government great heath industry ira management mrs norman officers parliamentarian party political politicians politics practice raf secretary state tebbit thatcher trade union victory
P&P: UK 1st £3.92. UK 2nd £2.30. EU Surface £6.46. EU Air £6.60. ROW Surface £6.46. ROW Air £11.72

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Upwardly Mobile by Norman Tebbit (£11.50)Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson — 1988Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0297794272]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. Very slightly ruffled edges of DJ.Description: Illustrated with B&W photographs.From the flap: “Norman Tebbit has made a reality of his vision of England and, with Mrs Thatcher, has overseen the most radical changes to British society since Lloyd George. How that has been achieved makes Norman Tebbit’s autobiography compelling reading for friend and enemy alike. Norman Tebbit by no means comes from a traditional Conservative background. Academic achievement and a strong sense of purpose took Tebbit first to grammar school and then the RAF which provided him with a fine substitute for university. During his career in BOAC as an airline pilot he was marked down as ‘unsuitable for management’, but his experience of negotiating on behalf of his union crystallized many of his views. In fascinating glimpses behind the scenes, Norman Tebbit reveals the true story of Mrs Thatcher’s rise to power and the vital part he played.”Notes: Jacket designed by Nicola Powling. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 280 pages. Tags: and autobiography biographies biography bombing brighton britain cabinet conservatism conservative depression edward electoral employment for government great heath industry ira management mrs norman officers parliamentarian party political politicians politics practice raf secretary state tebbit thatcher trade union victory
P&P: UK 1st £3.38. UK 2nd £2.92. EU Surface £5.16. EU Air £5.35. ROW Surface £5.16. ROW Air £9.22

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Upwardly Mobile by Norman Tebbit (£11.50)Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson — 1988Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0297794272]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. DJ slightly ruffled at the edges. Top edges of text block lightly spotted. Price Clipped.Description: Illustrated with B&W photographs.From the flap: “Norman Tebbit has made a reality of his vision of England and, with Mrs Thatcher, has overseen the most radical changes to British society since Lloyd George. How that has been achieved makes Norman Tebbit’s autobiography compelling reading for friend and enemy alike. Norman Tebbit by no means comes from a traditional Conservative background. Academic achievement and a strong sense of purpose took Tebbit first to grammar school and then the RAF which provided him with a fine substitute for university. During his career in BOAC as an airline pilot he was marked down as ‘unsuitable for management’, but his experience of negotiating on behalf of his union crystallized many of his views. In fascinating glimpses behind the scenes, Norman Tebbit reveals the true story of Mrs Thatcher’s rise to power and the vital part he played.”Notes: Jacket designed by Nicika Powling. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 280 pages. Tags: and autobiography biographies biography bombing brighton britain cabinet conservatism conservative depression edward electoral employment for government great heath industry ira management mrs norman officers parliamentarian party political politicians politics practice raf secretary state tebbit thatcher trade union victory
P&P: UK 1st £3.38. UK 2nd £2.92. EU Surface £5.16. EU Air £5.35. ROW Surface £5.16. ROW Air £9.22

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Military Aviation Disasters: Significant Losses Since 1908 by David Gero (£10.50)Publisher: Patrick Stephens Limited — 1999Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 185260574X]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper pulled at the head of the lower panel with a little rubbing to the laminate. Leans slightly. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Jacket illustration: A non-fatal but highly spectacular military aircraft accident occurred at the International Air Tattoo, Fairford, England on 24 July 1993 when two Russian Flight Research Mig-29s collided. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps; Plans;

From the cover: “The crash of a civil airliner is nearly always reported by the media, the degree of coverage depending on various factors. These include the number killed, their nationality and the location of the disaster. However, unless an aircraft in military service comes to earth in a heavily populated area and there is a high number of casualties on the ground, the incident goes largely unreported in the press. For example, the crash of a giant Antonov An-124 transport in Russia in December 1997 was widely reported as this resulted in more than 40 fatalities on the ground, including children. In contrast, the loss of transport aircraft over the sea or in jungle areas, are rarely reported outside the specialist aviation and defence press.

Here, for the first time, is a detailed record of hundreds of losses involving military aircraft. Each year, a staggering number of military aircraft come to grief including trainers, fighters and communications aircraft and in many cases the crew survive, often thanks to their ejection seats. This book, however, is confined to major disasters, principally where there has been a significant loss of life, whether civilian or military personnel. All types are covered, from single-seat aircraft that have crashed into populated areas, perhaps after the pilot has made his escape, collisions between troop-carrying helicopters, the giant airships of the First World War which came down in the North Sea with almost monotonous regularity, to modern turboprop transports downed in a war zone by surface-to-air missiles.

These incidents are placed on record with full details of the aircraft involved, its operator, route, loss of life and location and, where known, the reasons for the crash. Unlike civil airline disasters, which are of international importance with their investigative reports made widely available, governments are not always so keen to release information on the loss of their military aircraft, especially if these have been on clandestine operations. The author has therefore had to undertake a considerable amount of detective work to piece together many of the accounts that appear here.”
Notes: Size: 10" x 7½". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 176 pages. Tags: aircraft accidents history investigation airplanes military air catastrophes airline disasters and aerial terrorism royal force civil transport operations
P&P: UK 1st £3.92. UK 2nd £2.30. EU Surface £6.46. EU Air £6.60. ROW Surface £6.46. ROW Air £11.72

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A Different War by Craig Thomas (£9.50)Publisher: Little, Brown & Co. — 1997Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0316881325]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges. Pages very gently age-tanned.Description: From the cover: “On its final test flight, a new American airliner crashes mysteriously in the Arizona desert. An accident, or something more sinister? Mitchell Gant, the hero of Firefox and now an expert on aviation accidents, must risk his life by repeating the test flight in every detail to discover the truth. In Britain, Marian Pyott, MR finds evidence of a massive fraud involving hundreds of millions of pounds... and implicating an ailing UK aircraft manufacturer seeking a market for its latest commercial airliner. Behind Aero UK is the conglomerate headed by Marian’s childhood friend David Winterborne, a man ruthlessly determined to prevent the collapse of his worldwide business empire whatever the cost. When a second airliner crashes off the coast of Finland, is it coincidence or design? Is there a conspiracy that involves business, politics and the global marketplace? Their dangerous search takes Gant and Marian across Europe and America. They face overwhelming odds and are playing for the highest stakes as they try to discover the truth behind the airline disasters and the missing European millions. Gant survived Vietnam, the Cold War and the Gulf. Now, he finds himself fighting a different — and far more dangerous — war...”Notes: Jacket designed by Bill Gregory. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 378 pages. Tags: accidents action aircraft attempt britain conflict danger english escapade exploit fiction fraud great industry journey menace mystery peril risk risking run secrecy suspense the threat thriller tragedy venture voyage whodunit
P&P: UK 1st £3.38. UK 2nd £2.92. EU Surface £5.16. EU Air £5.35. ROW Surface £5.16. ROW Air £9.22

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Penguins Stopped Play: Eleven Village Cricketers Take on the World by Harry Thompson (£9.50)Publisher: John Murray — 2006Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 071956347X]Condition: Near Fine. Description: First in this, paperback, edition.

From the cover: “It seemed a simple enough idea at the outset: To assemble a team of eleven men to play cricket on each of the seven continents of the globe.

Except — hold on a minute — that’s not a simple idea at all. And when you throw in incompetent airline officials, amorous Argentine colonels’ wives, cunning Bajan drug dealers, gay Australian waiters, overzealous American anti-terrorist police, idiotic Welshmen dressed as Santa Claus, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and whole armies of pitch-invading Antarctic penguins, you quickly arrive at a lot more than you bargained for.

Harry Thompson’s hilarious book tells the story of one of those great madcap enterprises that only an Englishman could have dreamed up, and only a bunch of Englishmen could possibly have wished to carry out.”
Notes: Size: Trade Paperback (9¼" x 6"). 242 pages. Tags: cricket matches humor captain scott eleven players travel
P&P: UK 1st £2.84. UK 2nd £2.52. EU Surface £3.86. EU Air £4.10. ROW Surface £3.86. ROW Air £6.72
Disaster in the Air by Andrew Brookes (£7.00)Publisher: Ian Allan — 1992Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 071102037X]Condition: Very Good.Description: First in this, paperback, edition. Illustrated with black and white photographs, diagrams & maps. Disaster in the Air contains a compilation of dramatic tales of airline accidents and near misses. The author traces each flight from its departure to the moment that disaster hits and explains, where possible, the cause of the accident.Notes: Size: 9" x 6". 160 pages. Tags: accidents aeronautics aircraft aviation general health history interest measures medicine preventive public safety transportation
P&P: UK 1st £2.84. UK 2nd £2.52. EU Surface £3.86. EU Air £4.10. ROW Surface £3.86. ROW Air £6.72

 
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