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600527 - THE AVIATION HISTORIAN - ISSUE 27 - Finest Hour, A Salute To Richard T Riding

Published Quarterly by The Aviation Historian

Contents include the following as taken from the Aviation Historian website:-

"Looks at the rocky, decade-long political path that resulted in the Anglo-French project to create the Mach 2 transport icon.

Another major article in the issue concerns the Hawker Typhoon: we all know it suffered problems with catastrophic structural failure of the tail, but the fix involved much more than just adding reinforcements to the rear-fuselage transport joint. Richard Seth-Smith, who lost his test-pilot father in one of the accidents, uses contemporary documents and a recently-rediscovered letter written by Hawker’s chief test pilot, Philip Lucas, to reveal just how complex the investigation and the solution turned out to be. 

Elsewhere in TAH27 we traverse the planet as we explore Qantas’s World War Two Indian Ocean services using dangerously overloaded Consolidated Catalina flying-boats; how Vought F4U Corsairs made the type’s longest-ever ferry-flight when they were acquired from the USA for use by the Argentinian Navy; and the Hispano/Helwan HA-300 lightweight fighter of 1964. The latter, conceived in Spain by German designer Willy Messerschmitt, was developed in Egypt, powered by a British engine and test-flown by an Indian pilot – a truly international affair!

The globetrotting theme of TAH27 does not end there. We delight in catering for lovers of the unusual, and aircraft don’t come much more bizarre than a Jules Verne-esque French experiment of the 1910s – Papin & Rouilly’s single-bladed reaction-propelled waterborne rotary-wing Gyroptère, which whirled itself and its pilot into a froth on Lake Cercey on the Côte d’Or in 1915 (and almost took off). We also reveal newly-unearthed details of a wildly ambitious supersonic swing-wing (and swing-tail) jet fighter designed by Leslie Baynes in the late 1940s; we tell the story of the deeply dodgy Bahamas World Airways; and we examine the little-known Junkers K 47/A 48 fighter of the mid-1920s, which broke the company’s mould by (partly) adopting smooth rather than corrugated skinning.

While we were putting all the above articles together, it was with profound shock and a deep sense of loss that we learned in January of the death of our erstwhile colleague, friend and “honorary grandfather” of TAH, Richard T. Riding. Back in 1973, “Arty Ar” was the founding Editor of pioneering UK aviation history magazine Aeroplane Monthly, where TAH’s Managing Editor Mick learned his trade as Assistant Editor during 1983–98 before taking over the big chair from Richard on the latter’s retirement, and where I was schooled in the RTR ethos of “passion and precision” during my rise through the ranks at Aeroplane through the 2000s".

Next Issue, Volume 28, due Mid-July 2019

Format Softback
Pages 130pp
Publication Date April 2019

profusely illustrated throughout 

Width (mm)


Height (mm) 245
Dust Jacket No


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