So large and heavy it would drop like a deadweight from the clouds, this is the ultimate word on gliding, which in Britain began in earnest in 1929 when the nation’s first gliding club was formed. Experimental flights followed and within months gliding clubs had sprung up all over Britain. The first British-designed gliders were made in Guildford, but it was soon realised that glider-making was an art of its own. Flying a glider involves understanding the atmosphere, with its moving air masses, and ‘reading’ the sky. This new book relates Britain’s rich history of gliding and tells how in the post-war years we made the best competition gliders and ruled the world. The book includes details of 128 types of British glider and sailplane, many with 3-view drawings and all with dimensions and specifications where known.
304 pages and 473 illustrations.