The History of RAF Aerobatic Teams from 1920
by David Watkins
Another great book by another one of our Shareholders, David Watkins. He has written many memorable aviation titles and for this one he has enlisted the aid of several of our other shareholders.
This book has been in preparation for several years and is eagerly awaited. We have been privileged to receive an early copy of the Jacket.
It is expected to be on sale from the end of November 2010/Early December 2010.
DAVID WATKINS joined the RAF when he was nineteen and saw service in the UK, Germany and the Far East. He has written books on the de Havilland Vampire and Venom, No.501 (County of Gloucester) Squadron RAuxAF and RAF Chivenor, besides contributing numerous articles on aviation subjects for specialist magazines.
The Royal Air has long recognised the value of display flying for pilot training, prestige and recruiting purposes. For nine decades RAF formation aerobatic teams have stood favourable comparison with those in air forces of other nations.
Aerobatics have always played a prominent role in flying training. They are not merely performed to provide a spectacle for the public but are essential to produce effective military pilots, boosting self confidence in the air through mastery of an aircraft's widest capabilities. The exhilarating demands of low level display formation acrobatic manoeuvres require above average flying ability, mature experience and mutual trust in both the leader and every team member. This history of RAF acrobatic teams is the result of many years of meticulous research and covers their early beginnings with five Sopwith Snipes at the Hendon Pageant in 1920 up to the present day Red
The book also contains an introduction which details the gradual development from the experimental and 'stunt' flying of early aviators, through the aerial artistry by use of smoke to highlight manoeuvres and tied-together formation aerobatics. to the introduction of jet teams after the war.
A detailed index lists each team and its members from 1920. Aviation historians and enthusiasts, as many appreciative spectators, will welcome this essential reference source on our Royal Air Force formation acrobatic teams.
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited, Freepost, 47 Church Street, Burnley, South Yorkshire, S70 2BR, England
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