UK Airfields Past and Present: A Directory of Airfields from 1908 to 2018

Author(s): Grant Peerless 

ISBN: 9781781557921
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Brief details of over 1,700 defunct and operational airfields in Britain from 1908 to 2018.
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  • Based on original and unpublished records, newspaper accounts and documentation

  • Superbly illustrated with many photographs and plans of the aerodromes and airfields


While many books have been written over the years about individual airfields or those in particular counties or areas, UK Airfields Past and Present covers a large proportion of them in one publication—from Abbots Bromley to Zeals—providing potted histories of over 1,700 airfields dating from before the First World War through to the present day.

This volume describes the main activities carried out, based units or operators, and each site’s current status, as well as including information about military bases, civil airports and airfields, gliding sites, microlight sites, and larger farm strips, together with the probable number of aircraft based there.

Peerless’s thorough research is illustrated with over 120 photographs in both colour and black and white, most of which have not been published previously, giving readers a fascinating overview of the United Kingdom’s wide variety of airfields.


BOOK ISBN 9781781557921
FORMAT 275 x 215 mm
BINDING Paperback
PAGES 200 pages
PUBLICATION DATE 06 June 2020
TERRITORY World
ILLUSTRATIONS 128 colour photographs

 

 






Grant Peerless was born in St Albans in 1943 and followed a career in civil engineering until taking early retirement in 1999. He then returned to his life-long interest in aviation, particularly airfields in the UK and following extensive research, co-wrote two books with aviation journalist and photographer Richard Riding: Elstree Aerodrome: The Past in Pictures (Sutton Publishing, 2003) and Leavesden Aerodrome: From Halifaxes to Hogwarts (Amberley Publishing, 2011). He has also had several articles published in Airfield Review.

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