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Great Aviation Collections of Britain

The UK’s National Treasures and Where to Find Them
Author: Ken Ellis
£17.95
• Companion to the hugely successful Wrecks and Relics
• Over 100 of the UK’s most important venues
• Over 200 of the most significant exhibits
• Over 250 photographs and illustrations
• Celebrated aviation author


A century ago the Cody Biplane was presented to the Science Museum, putting Britain at the forefront of the worldwide aviation heritage movement. This special edition of Wrecks & Relics celebrates the centenary and the development of the UK’s aviation museums, telling the story of the national icons such as the Science Museum, Imperial War Museum, RAF Museum, Fleet Air Arm Museum, Museum of Army Aviation and the Shuttleworth Collection including how they developed and their exhibits, past and present.

Great Aviation Collections of Britain also pays tribute to provincial, regional and local collections, large and small which tell the tale of the UK’s incredible diversity of aviation achievements and provide details of nearly 100 venues open to the public.

Over 200 of the most important exhibits are profiled in detail, with their backgrounds described, their significance explained and the exploits of the pilots that flew them revealed. From Roe’s Triplane, Amy Johnson’s Moth, a Battle of Britain veteran Spitfire, the very first Mosquito all the way through to Concorde and Eurofighter, each has its biography outlined. Aircraft are cross-referenced allowing the reader to visit the ‘must see’ exhibits across Britain.

Over 250 photographs and illustrations including archive imagery stretching back over 100 years highlight the UK’s treasures both when they were in service, or found disused and decaying.

A vital addition to the Wrecks & Relics series and the perfect companion to Lost Aviation Collections of Britain.

Product description

ISBN: 9780859791748
Binding: Hardback
Dimentions: 234mm x 156mm
Pages: 272
Photos/Illus: Over 250 photographs and illustrations