SELECTION OF BOOKS including technical books

Title Price Description
Waterbird - Wings over Windermere £14.99

This book tells the story of two aeroplanes. The first Waterbird, which flew more that 60 flights on Windermere, set in motion the production of seaplanes used in WW1. The story of the second Waterbird, the replica, is equally fascinating, telling the story of the many challenges resulting in a 13 year programme from dream to reality.


Fans of Arthur's dry wit will welcome another addition to his highly popular series. His depth of knowledge and the unbounded enthusiasm with which he approaches each book gives us a unique insight into the escapades of entrepreneurs and heroes in the early days of flying.

PROPELLERHEAD - by Antony Woodward £12.00

Imagine Nick Hornby mixed with Jeremy Clarkson, throw in an initially reluctant flyer, and you get 'Propellerhead'! Hilarious, engaging, petrifying, eccentric, daring and full of incident, Antony Woodward's account of his introduction to to aviation, and his journey to becoming a pilot, will touch a chord with all flyers.

Flying On Your Own Wings £28.00

In FLYING ON YOUR OWN WINGS, Mr. Heintz shares his knowledge and insights into the art and science of light aircraft design. Truly a beginner’s guide to everything you need to know in order to achieve that age-old dream: To fly on your own wings!


In 1945, Britain was the world's leading designer and builder of aircraft. 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.
300 pages, inc 12 pages of b&w photos.

Aircraft Welding £25.00

This is a high quality facsimile of Aircraft Welding by Colonel Rollen H. Drake, originally published in 1947. This book contains all the information and instruction needed to fulfill the welding requirements for an aircraft mechanic's license in 1947.

De Havilland Tiger Moth (1931-1945). £12.99

The de Havilland Tiger Moth biplane is an iconic and instantly recognisable aircraft. The authors take a close look at the construction of the Tiger Moth, acquiring and restoring an example, owning and flying one, and the engineer's view of keeping it all running and airworthy.

Sheet Metal Handbook £25.00

Imagine transforming a flat sheet of aluminum alloy into an attractive hood scoop. Or designing & making your own aluminum wheel tubs, floorpan and dashboard. How about learning to design & build your own body panels, manifolds, brackets & fuel tanks? These are just a few of the many tips and techniques shared by master metal craftsman Ron Fournier.

Avionics for the Pilot £25.00

An introduction to navigational and radio systems for aircraft.
This work provides a fundamental overview of the principles and operation of many instruments and aids found aboard all types and sizes of aeroplane.
The author,Joe Johnston, has worked in maintenance engineering for a leading international airline for over twenty years.


With over 30 years experience as an Autogyro pilot, author Dave Organ has used his knowledge to produce a concise and easy to read book that covers all aspects of this little known form of Sport Flying.

Owning and Operating Your Own aircraft £20.00

The dream of every new private pilot is to buy an aircraft and be free from the restrictions of renting a plane from the local flying school or club.
However, it can be a daunting task to actually achieve the dream. This new Airlife book which includes valuable Appendices provides a blueprint for any aspiring aircraft owner. 164 pages, illustrated with b&w photographs throughout.

Supermarine Spitfire - Owners' Workshop Manual - Hardback £25.00

An insight into owning, restoring, servicing and flying Britain's legendary World War II fighter. Well illustrated in B&W/colour.

Why don't you put a little engine in it? By Keith Nurcombe £14.99

A broad view of flying for fun as an enthusiastic amateur, with sixty unforgettable years to help paint the picture, look at the future and explore the possibilities

Aviation Mechanic Handbook £18.00

Handy reference guide for aircraft builders, mechanics, owners and pilots, supplying much info critical to maintaining an aircraft. Amongst other subjects, looks at tools, solid state electrical systems, fabrication, mathematics, physical and chemical properties, corrosion detection and control, and drawings. Spiral-bound, 350+ pages.

Alternative Engines £50.00

Compiled by Mick Myal. Extensive 300 page volume, which covers, in 50 chapters, all aspects of converting auto engines. Well written with many helpful ideas, and filled with specs, diagrams, photos and plans. Too much detail to list here, so phone if you need more specific information!


With more than a little nostalgia for the days when flying was still an adventure that anyone could participate in and the sky was not restricted and controlled as it is today, the author presents to us one of the original participants in that adventure.
Large-format softback, illustrated with more than 150 b&w photographs.


These days anybody can build his or her own aeroplane in their garage or shed. But back in the 1930s it was a different story. In this fascinating and unique book all of the Practical Mechanics home-built aircraft articles are reprinted just as they were published from the Flying Flea to the LA.4a Minor.

Conventional Gear - Flying a Taildragger £18.00

The author, David Robson, has been flying taildraggers for forty-five years, and puts his vast experience to excellent use in this book. Beginning with the theory and dynamics of the tail wheel airplane to look at specfic taildraggers, such as Austers, Tiger Moths, Pitts etc, with pilots' accounts of memorable flights.

Standard Aircraft Handbook £26.00

8th edition, by Larry Reithmaier. Definitive 'nuts and bolts' reference manual containing a wealth of information, this revised classic features co-ordinated step-by-step procedures for riveting, drilling, bolts and fasteners, tools, electrical wiring, reading drawings, non-destructive testing, bending, forming and fabricating, and much more. 292 pages.

CHASING THE MORNING SUN, by Manuel Queiroz £18.00

Years ago Manuel Queiroz declared his intention to fly solo around the world. Having just beaten cancer, he was buoyed by the recent brush with mortality and ready to take on a life-changing goal. He fulfilled his ultimate dream and Chasing the Morning Sun is the exhilarating story of his record-breaking journey.

Airborne Animals and Cockpit Companions £19.00

An illustrated account of the various animals kept as pets and mascots by wartime airmen.

In this enjoyable and informative book, Colin Pateman tells the story of the animal mascots and companions adopted by air force personnel and squadrons of various nationalities during World War II – dogs, cats, goats and sundry other creatures whose presence provided a welcome distraction from the stresses of warfare and an important boost to morale.

Many animals took to the air as passengers in various types of aircraft and there are some remarkable tales of their antics. One dog, for instance, was washed up alive on the Yorkshire coast four weeks after the aircraft in which he was flying was lost over the North Sea. Another dog, after surviving a crash landing, went to seek help and led rescuers back to the crashed aircraft and its injured crew. Then there is the Cocker Spaniel believed to have clocked up more flying hours than any human in World War II...

There are humorous tales too, such as the goat who ate a Lancaster pilot’s handling notes in mid-flight, the bull terrier with a taste for motorcycle tyres or the monkey who disgraced his Squadron by exposing himself to the King during a royal visit...

Very much an international collection, there are stories of animals owned by airmen of many nations, including the USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Poland, France and Germany, as well as many from the UK.

An entertaining read for any animal-lover and of particular interest to former air force personnel of all nations.

THE SPITFIRE POCKET MANUAL - All marks in service, 1939-45 £10.00

Developed in 1938 from a Schneider trophy-winning design by the aeronautical engineer and designer R. J Mitchell, the Supermarine Spitfire went on to become the definitive Allied fighter of the Second World War, and ranks amongst the most famous aircraft of all time. Numerous manuals were produced for pilots and ground crew, dealing with all aspects of the Spitfire from engine specs to cockpit layout.

Weather Flying £20.00

The best resource a pilot can have to understand how to fly in all types of weather.

Strength of Aircraft Elements - ANC 5 £20.00

Issued by the US Army, Navy & Civil Committee on Aircraft Requirements, this wartime reference manual is divided into seven chapters. 1) General 2) Wood 3) Metals 4) Steel 5) Aluminium Alloy 6) Miscellaneous Metals and Alloys 7) Non-metallic Materials. Illustrated with graphs etc throughout.

Sopwith Camel Owners' Workshop Manual £25.00

Think of the First World War and then think of an aircraft. What springs to mind will probably be the Sopwith Camel. The single-seat Camel was one of the most successful RNAS/RFC/RAF 'scouts' (the period term for a fighter) of the First World War. Jarrod Cotter has been given rare access to the Shuttleworth Collection's Sopwith Camel replica as well as Camel new-builds in France and New Zealand.

Pilot's Weather : The Commonsense Approach to Meteorology £20.00

This book breaks new ground in the presentation of what is and should be presented as a fascinating and vitally important part of a pilot's skill. Gone are the dreary old monotone drawings of isobars and fronts, endless graphs and reams of figures and in bounce full colour photos of what you actually see clouds and cloudscapes that tell you instantly what's happening to the air around you.

For those who fly aircraft and micros, gliders or kites this book makes the weather make sense.

Winged Victory £15.00

The novel concerns World War I, the existence pilots lead and the fear involved in flying early biplanes. Its protagonist, Tom Cundall, plans to leave the Royal Air Force when his service is up and live on a West Country farm with his friends. However, by the time he is due to leave the Air Force, all his friends have "gone west". This leaves him a broken man.

The Stirling Bomber £15.00

By John Reid
Illustrated black and white photos of the history of the Stirling Bomber

Circuits and Bumps £12.50

Reminiscences of an Airman in War and Peace with the RAF and Civil Airlines 1934-64

Simplified Aircraft Design for Homebuilders £45.00

Dan Raymer's excellent manual is an ideal first book on airplane design, combining professional experience with directness, clarity of expression and the benefit of contemporary technological developments. All aspects ofdesign are examined, including loading, sizing, geometry, lofting, aerodynamics, propulsion,stability, take-off, speed, range etc. Fully illustrated throughout, annotated and indexed.