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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (20 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752467336
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752467337
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 17 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 452,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Graham M Simons is a professional aviation writer and historian, and one of the founders of Duxford.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Roger Brown on 2 Jun. 2012
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This is an interesting book and one to be enjoyed by both historian and scholar. The book tells the history of the project very well but it also
highlights to the scholar how aircraft projects of that period were planned, highlighting how lucky we are today be able to design and build computer models and simulations of new unknown complex designs before we spend time and money.
My interest in the Bristol Brabazon and the book came from living close to Bristol. A lad growing up in the cotswolds just after the war.
The aircraft flew over our house many times, and I will always remember it as a slow moving yet beautiful looking giant.

Very little seemed to be known or had been written about the brabazon project, so this book was of great interest to me.
Also, as an aircraft engineer (now retired) I found the large numbers of Engineering plans and illustrations at each step of the build programme highly interesting and informative. A great book at the end you find yourself agreeing with the auther's introduction, also with the benefit of hindsight,and in todays world, "what on earth were those involved with it thinking about."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Cummins on 2 Oct. 2012
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Unlike many aeroplane books this one is full of technical detail, and I am now very well informed on the conceptual, design, engineering and flight history of this graceful giant. The best description of the structural design of an aeroplane of this era that I have read, even down to the rivets. Lots of informative photographs. How I wish I had been around to see her fly, with that enormous wing span and the big contra props.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. R. J. Simmonds on 5 Jun. 2013
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A really quite splendid book with many illustrations and it is technically accurate. The prose also is very readable.

The last chapter gives a good and fair assessment of the project, and opines that in some ways i.e. the concept of luxury transatlantic air travel, it was before its time!
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I haven't seen the dvd yet but I know I shall enjoy it as I used to see it fly from Filton many times, always with a chase plane. It kept experienced war-time plane makers employed after the war but sadly never came to anything as the de Havilland Comet had come on the airline market which was the start of the Jet Age. Much more economical to fly and very much faster, even so it was a great aeroplane in many ways. I believe they said they were going to build a stainless steel one, I may have that wrong because it never happened.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tudorrose on 4 July 2013
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I bought this for my dad who developed an interest in this particular aircraft after discovering that the classic car he owns, a Riley RM, used to be owned by Sir Archibald Russell, chief designer of the Brabazon, I believe one one of the photos in this book shows the car.
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