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600533 - THE AVIATION HISTORIAN - Issue 33 - A Very British Tale - 75 Years On - The Brabazon Committee

Published Quarterly by The Aviation Historian

About the current issue as written by Nick Stroud, editior of the Aviation Historian:-

Our latest issue – our 33rd – is published just under 75 years after Lord Brabazon of Tara delivered, in December 1945, the last of his reports based on the work of his Committee, originally convened in late 1942 to examine the prospects for the UK’s post-war civil aviation industry. Intended to prepare the soil in which to plant post-war flags of prosperity for Britain and its Dominions, the Brabazon Committee’s recommendations were largely prescient and well-conceived from a technical and operational standpoint, but the political methodology required to put them into action was too complex, and the industrial base too diverse and sedentary to implement them at the pace required to grasp the lead envisioned by the Committee. In this issue, using contemporary official sources, Professor Keith Hayward examines the political and industrial aspects of the Committee’s work, to be followed in TAH34 by Ralph Pegram’s analysis of BOAC’s frustrated relationship with the Committee and the proposed hardware that the airline felt it needed – but didn’t get. It’s a classic Great British story of political muddle, industrial inertia and lost opportunities.

Although encompassing a typically wide spread of subjects, this issue definitely also has something of a French flavour. We have Jean-Christophe Carbonel describing the 1920s experiments of Jean de Chappedelaine in using centrifugal force as a means of lift and propulsion; and trailing in its (optimistic) wake is Thomas Withington’s exploration of the possibility of Dassault’s Mirage IV as a TSR.2 replacement for the RAF in the mid-1960s. Albert Grandolini opens his multi-part biography of Cambodian MiG-17 and Skyraider pilot Major Su Sampong, who was posted to France to hone his fighter skills before returning to serve with the Aviation Royal Khmère, an air arm largely built on French military aviation principles; and Amaru Tincopa charts the career of the Nieuport-Delage NiD 122C1 parasol monoplane fighter in Peruvian service. It was not a conscious decision to “theme” the issue, but this Gallic saveur hopefully lends it a certain piquancy.

Elsewhere in TAH33’s pages, electronic-warfare specialist Bill Cahill charts the USAAF 25th Bomb Group’s use of the de Havilland Mosquito in laying screens of “chaff” to blind German radar ahead of the Eighth Air Force’s bomber streams; Vladimir Kotelnikov explains how the USSR brought aviation to Afghanistan 60 years before its ultimately futile war there in the 1980s; and Maurice Wickstead concludes his three-part series on Italy’s forgotten airlines. 


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Format Softback
Pages 130pp
Publication Date Out Now!

profusely illustrated throughout in colour and b/w

Width (mm)


Height (mm) 245
Dust Jacket No


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