9780850529807

From Biplane to Spitfire

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  • ISBN13:

    9780850529807

  • ISBN10:

    0850529808

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2004-01-01
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword
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Summary

Air Marshal Sir Geoffrey Salmond and his brother Jack joined the Royal Flying Corps during the Great War and both were to have a major influence on the development of the Royal Air Force in the 1920s and 1930s. After most distinguished war service Geoffrey, the older of two, became one of the original pioneers of long range flight and rose steadily through the ranks. He was one of the first to recognise the importance of 'high speed flight' and the development of the Supermarine S6 (the forerunner of the Spitfire). As such he was closely involved with the Schneider Trophy races of the early 1930s. His successful career also encompassed flights of long range endurance. Extraordinarily both Jack and Geoffrey rose to become Chiefs of the Air Staff in the mid-1930's. Geoffrey succeeded his brother at the top of his profession only to die in post before he could see the fruits of his labours come to fruition in the Battle of Britain; without his vision the RAF might very well not had the Spitfire and the result would surely have been very different. Selling Points * The first biography of one of the founding fathers of the RAF * The Salmond Brothers both had a major influence on the development of the flight both military and civil. * The story of a visionary who realised the significance of high speed flight and was largely responsible for the introduction and development of the Spitfire which was to win the Battle of Britain and save the Count. Author Detials

Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Preface xi
Acknowledgements xiii
1 THE FASCINATION OF FLIGHT - LOVE, LINEN AND PIANO WIRE 1(27)
Box kites and Blériots
9(15)
The RFC earns its Wings
24(4)
2 THE WAR IN FRANCE 28(48)
The Retreat from Mons
28(14)
The Tide Turns
42(7)
B.K. and Saint Omer
49(11)
Commanding 1 Squadron
60(16)
3 MIDDLE EAST COMMAND 76(15)
A Handful of Aeroplanes
76(1)
Egypt and Action
77(8)
Iron Horses in the Air
85(6)
4 BUILDING AN AIR FORCE 91(54)
Fighting the Turks with Allenby
98(9)
Jerusalem Before Christmas
107(9)
A First Class Row
116(5)
Return to Egypt - Shipwreck
121(8)
Mastery of the Air
129(11)
Victory
140(5)
5 THE FIRST FLIGHT FROM EGYPT TO INDIA 145(21)
Knighthood. Planning the Desert Route
153(4)
Trenchard's White Paper
157(4)
The Mad Mullah
161(5)
6 THE CAIRO CONFERENCE 166(23)
Air Minister for Supply and Research
176(9)
Crisis in Iraq and Visits to Clouds Hill
185(4)
7 BY IMPERIAL AIRWAYS TO INDIA 1926 189(27)
Crisis in Kabul; Rescue over the Mountains
196(20)
8 AIR DEFENCE OF GREAT BRITAIN 216(10)
Chief of the Air Staff
221(5)
Epilogue 226(1)
Appendix: Honours 227(2)
Bibliography 229(2)
Index 231

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