Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Westland History

It is always a pleasure to help out someone with their aviation book. A recent arrival was David Gibbings' 'A Quiet Country Town' published by The History Press.

It is, of course a history of Westland Aircraft, or as the subtitle says 'A celebration of 100 years of Westland at Yeovil'.

It's a very personal history, with a selection of chapters by numerous authors on aspects of the company's history, aircraft and people. David has added his own delightful pencil sketches as heading to each chapter, a great enhancement. Authors include authorities such as historian Derek James, Harald Penrose - the great Westland test pilot, Jim Schofield and Graham Mottram, as well as a modest contribution on the Wapiti by myself.

So although I'm slightly partisan, it's still highly recommended. Well worth bothering your local good bookshop or direct from the publisher as an e-book of hardback here.

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