Civil Aviation in Wales
Wales has never been a major player in the world of civil aviation, undoubtedly due to the relatively small population and the geography of the country. Despite this, a small band of aviation pioneers has existed in Wales from the very earliest days of powered flight. Alan Phillips, author of the very popular Military Airfields of Wales, has pieced together the history of civil flying from the days of the intrepid 'birdmen' of the nineteenth century (the first attempted ascent from Welsh soil being Francis Barrett's failed balloon flight of 1802) through to William Frost (glider pilot of Saundersfoot), Ernest Willows (airship pioneer of Cardiff), Ellis Williams (of Llanddona) and numerous others. Following close on the heels of military aviation, Welsh commercial flying began soon after the Great War with a myraid of small companies being established - some thriving, most failing. The story continues with the enterprise of enthusiasts like Sir Alan Cobham between the wars, and the developement of civil airports on former military airfields post-1945.
As well as focusing on the history of individual airmen, this book looks in detail at the various airlines and airports established to serve the principality, including Aberporth, Caernarfon, Haverfordwest, Hawarden, Pembrey, Pengam Moor, Swansea, Valley and Cardiff.
200 X 250mm