The Friendless Sky - Alexander MckeeSouvenir Press, 1962, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good - in Good DJ. DJ somewhat creased and edgeworn, notable loss at tail and top edge of upper panel. Bruised at head and tail. Top edges of text block dusty. Internally bright and clean.
When the nations went to war in 1914, a British Expeditionary Force for the first time in history crossed the Channel under air cover. A few small airships and some forty primitive aeroplanes flew above the transports hourly slipping across to France. It was barely five years since the first flimsy flying machine had flown the Channel at 45 m.p.h., with a destroyer following it in case of engine failure. Yet within a year of the Great War's end a British aeroplane, originally designed to bomb Berlin, had flown the Atlantic direct. Nearly 2,000 miles non-stop in 1919, as compared to 30 miles in 1909. Aviation had grown up in the forcing house of war. Jacket designed by B. Mudge-Marriott. 256pp. Index. Size: 8vo Large Post (8¼" x 5") Dust wrapper in protective, removable sleeve.