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    DescriptionIn 1945 Britain was the world's leading designer and builder of aircraft - a world-class achievement that was not mere rhetoric. And what aircraft they were. The sleek Comet, the first jet airliner. The awesome delta-winged Vulcan, an intercontinental bomber that could be thrown about the sky like a fighter. The Hawker Hunter, the most beautiful fighter-jet ever built and the Lightning, which could zoom ten miles above the clouds in a couple of minutes and whose pilots rated flying it as better than sex. Just what was it like to be alive in that marvellous post-war moment when innovative new British aircraft made their debut, and pilots were the rock stars of the age? James Hamilton-Paterson captures that season of glory in a compelling book that fuses his own memories of being a schoolboy plane spotter with a ruefully realistic history of British decline - its loss of self confidence and power. It is the story of great and charismatic machines and the men who flew them: heroes such as Bill Waterton, Neville Duke, John Derry and Bill Beaumont who took inconceivable risks, so that we could fly without a second thought.


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    Title
    Empire of the Clouds
    Subtitle
    When Britain's Aircraft Ruled the World
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) James Hamilton-Paterson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 400
    Width: 126 mm
    Height: 194 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780571247950
    ISBN 10: 0571247954
    Classifications

    BIC subject category V2: HBJD1
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJPN
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBK
    BISAC V2.8: NON000000
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T12.6
    BIC E4L: TRA
    BIC subject category V2: WGM
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15570
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JMC
    BIC subject category V2: HBTK, KNDV
    BISAC V2.8: BUS070000
    BIC subject category V2: 1DBK, 3JJPN, 3JMC
    DC22: 338.4762913334094109045
    Thema V1.0: NHD, KND, NHTK, WGM
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations, ports
    Publisher
    FABER & FABER
    Imprint name
    FABER & FABER
    Publication date
    05 May 2011
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    James Hamilton-Paterson is the author of Gerontius, winner of a Whitbread Prize; Seven-Tenths: The Sea and its Thresholds; Playing With Water; and most recently, of the wild comic trilogy Cooking With Fernet Branca, Amazing Disgrace and Rancid Pansies. He is also an unabashed fan of great aircraft.