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  • Based on original and unpublished records, newspaper accounts and documentation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

  • A comprehensive account of all military aerodromes including seaplane bases, which existed in Scotland between the world wars 

The end of the First World War brought with it the closure of many Scottish military aerodromes; however, it retained links with naval aviation and aircraft carriers.

In the latter part of the 1920s, Auxiliary Air Force squadrons were formed at Edinburgh and Glasgow, which were manned by civilians. With the rise of the Third Reich in Germany, the RAF responded by building new airfields or reopening former First World War sites.

These included armament practice camps at Evanton and West Freugh where pilots could perfect skills in bombing and weapon firing. RAF flying boats also visited various coastal locations around Scotland in the years leading up to the war.

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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