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The ATL-98 Carvair: A Comprehensive History of the Aircraft and All 21 Airframes
The ATL-98 Carvair: A Comprehensive History of the Aircraft and All 21 Airframes
by William Patrick Dean
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £64.95

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fond Memories of the "Carvair", 2 Mar. 2010
As a very young passenger on the old "Carvair" travelling on many occasions from Southend to Calais-Mark back in the early 60's, I found this detailed and comprehensive book an excellent reference for anyone interested in the history of this remarkable aeroplane.

Later on my life I became an attorney for and friend of Sir Freddie Laker, the genius behind this unique aeroplane and I gained further insights on his ideas for the "Car-Via-Air" concept after the Bristol Super-Freighter had proven too small for the number of cars and pax being transported in the peak, cross-channel summer seasons, Freddie's engineering genius in coming up with the concept of essentially re-building the aircraft by moving the flight deck above the cabin, an idea which Fred always said Boeing "stole" for the B-747 a decade later.

Any prop-head will love the detail of this book and it is highly recommended.


Alan Bennett at the BBC [DVD]
Alan Bennett at the BBC [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Normington
Price: £11.30

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Retrospective of Alan Bennett's early work, 2 Mar. 2010
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Having grown up in the 1960's, the first TV play that I can still remember even before this re-issue of Bennett's earliest TV work was "A Day Out". Even as a teenager at the time it was first broadcast, I knew this piece was something very special. Of course I did not know it was Alan Bennet's work at the time and did not know who Bennett was since I was too young to be part of the "Beyond the Fringe" generation, and I only became aware of this piece being by Bennett much, much later, when I was familiar and had enjoyed most of Bennett's writing and later TV and film work.

In addition to the excellent "A Day Out" piece, overall this compilation of Bennett's early TV pieces, most of which I had never seen, was excellent and typical of his sensitivity to time, place and family relationships, particularly parents and their adult children, and for the most part these works have aged well, even when viwed through 2010 eyes. BBC is to be commended for releasing this excellent compilation.


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