Publisher: Colourpoint Books
Pioneers, Showmen and the RFC
Early Aviation in Ireland 1909-1914
By Guy Warner
“Few people nowadays are able to visualise the difficulties and dangers of learning to fly in 1910...flying was in the experimental stage, it was impossible to predict how the frail and flimsy structure would behave in the air.” Captain Frederick Sykes, writing in 1940.
This is a brand new, fully illustrated account of early aviation in Ireland. It describes and examines the key events in the field of aviation during the years between Harry Ferguson’s first flight and the outbreak of the Great War.
It studies the people, the aircraft and the places involved, and makes much use of contemporary sources to reveal the story through the eyes of those who witnessed these exciting times.
All the main personalities are covered, as well as new research on several hitherto lesser known pioneers.
Guy Warner has been a regular contributor to Ulster Airmail, the journal of the Ulster Aviation Society and has written for many other magazines including Air International, Airliner World, Aircraft Illustrated, Air Enthusiast, Air Pictorial, An Cosantoir and Flying in Ireland. A prolific author, he has had 25 books published through Colourpoint Books, Pen & Sword Books, Kea Publishing and the Ulster Aviation Society. He has been interviewed many times by BBC NI, the One Show, Radio Ulster and BFBN on aviation topics.