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The Air Pilot Volume 1 Great Britain and Ireland various Aircraft and Transport

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Rigid boards with screws for inserts. Covers marked and edges worn. "Duplicate" written in pencil across the front. Contents and index pages to front, followed by 4 folded maps showing the aerodromes and with some newer ones added in ink. Title page slightly marked with oil. Contents generally very bright with no signs of pages having been removed. A general page check has been done and appears complete but it is not a simple number sequence as several pages have a/b/c versions as well. Some ink corrections, believed to be contemporary and refer to extra details and alterations (several for Brooklands). The 'book' provides general information; meteorological services; radioelectric services; information on how to use air stations; areas to avoid; customs etc. The main bulk of the book is an alphabetical list of aerodromes with all relevant information and a sketch map. For the larger stations, more detailed maps and information is provided (the most detailed being Cardington and Croydon). Loosely inserted are two monthly supplements for June and August 1931 and three loose sheets. 'The Air Pilot' was an essential handbook for anyone wishing to fly their plane at this time. The detail is fascinating, for example: Leicester (Ratcliffe) Landing Ground has a map; introduction (private airfield, emergencies only); location; landing area; obstructions (heights of hedges and a handwritten note: Sheep are grazed on landing areas; markings and signals; accommodation; repair facilities (nil); refuelling arrangements; communications; meteorological; local regulations. Now, the book provides an important source of information on the early landing sites. Finally and embarrassingly, the Air Ministry published this without checking the spelling of "Britain" on the cover. More details available on request. (719UCpbsh)
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