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FOLLOWING the four books describing his successful career as a military and civilian pilot, in Flying Past Mike Brooke gives the reader a fascinating insight into his experiences flying historic aircraft at airshows in the UK and Europe. From the highs to the lows he takes us through the feeling of flying a Spitfire, working with the Red Devils Parachute Team, flying with The Shuttleworth Collection and in the Harvard Formation Team, and the pressures put on display pilots – as well as the importance of preparation, discipline and safety. This entertaining and informative collection of stories will not only delight the many who have enjoyed Mike’s series of memoirs so far, but also appeal to anyone with an interest in classic historic aircraft, aerobatics and airshows.
The Isle of Sheppey in north Kent was the birthplace of aviation in the UK and early pioneers, including the Wright Bros and Charles Rolls, gathered on its low, flat ground to undertake experimental flights. By 1909 the Short brothers has established the first British aircraft factory and from there events snowballed. By 1911 the first naval aviators began training at nearby Eastchurch, which site became the first Royal Naval Air Station. Its popular first course had over 200 volunteers for just four places. The station served with distinction in the war that soon followed, as it did again through the Second World War, until its closure in the late 1940s. Although the road of discovery that finally led to some of the world's first and finest aviators arriving in Sheppey in 1909 was both long and arduous, this book serves as a timely reminder of the island's great contribution to the story of flight in the UK, being the cradle where much of Britain's aviation history once began.
Introducing the life and times of a legend in international aviation — Lim Chin Beng — the man they called Mr SIA. Absorbing the life and work of Lim Chin Beng is like watching a fly past of airlines and aircraft old and new. In this book, his past comes to meet you in many forms — designs, shapes, figures, photographs, episodes, places, people and you discover the connections with business, society and international aviation today and into the future. Here's a man who was instrumental in taking the very basic components of a business — like a potter taking the clay — and creating what has become one of the world's leading brands, Singapore Airlines. But this airline "specialist", trained as an economist, had more jobs to do. His broad range of interests — arts and sports, property and tourism — led to him being called on to do his "national service" for Singapore. He was Ambassador to Japan for two terms and trade negotiator, chairman of the Singapore Tourism Board, Changi Airport International, Singapore Airshow, Singapore Press Holdings, Ascott Group, and ST Aerospace. Described as a quiet achiever and a visionary, this modest gentleman was not afraid to make bold decisions and take risks, even to the extent of setting up a budget airline, Valuair. Here was one man, who in his time, played many parts, on the world's stage and at home. Contents:Foreword by JY PillayForeword by Chew Choon Seng Lim Chin Beng: His Story at a GlanceDelivery TimesRaffles InspiredDesigner DaysLively LiveryTall on TalentSingapore GirlMeaningful MentoringPiloting PressuresPlane MakersIn-flight ServiceInternational RelationsDiplomatic to a TeaDreaded DisastersMedia & Money MattersBusiness ClassValue PropositionAirports AheadTourism ChiefAerospace ShowcaseAviation AlliancesEventful TimesProperty GuruFlying into the Future Readership: Professionals in the aviation industry, those in the field of business and management, and the general public keen to find out more about the life of the legendary Lim Chin Beng. Key Features:The first book to feature the legendary Lim Chin Beng — a key figure in the international airline business, with an engaging description of his life story and how he succeeded in making Singapore Airlines the brand it is todayWritten by journalist and communications specialist Ken Hickson, who has consulted for Singapore Airlines, and author of the book Flight 901 to ErebusKeywords:Lim Chin Beng;Singapore Airlines;Aviation;Tourism;Singapore Tourism Board;Planes;Aircraft Engineering;Advertising;Inflight Services;Airports;Public Service;International Relations;Environment;Emissions;Branding and Design;Asian Aerospace;Journalism;Singapore Press Holdings;Mentors
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Raw, lyrical and blazing with intensity, these short stories are a potent distillation of the genius of Ralph Ellison, author of Invisible Man. 'He saw the dark bird glide into the sun and glow like a bird of flaming gold' Ranging from the Jim Crow South to a Harlem bingo parlour, from the hobo jungles of the Great Depression to Wales during the Second World War, they all display the musically layered voices, soaring language and sheer ebullience that made Ellison a giant of twentieth-century American writing. Written early in Ellison's career, several of these fourteen stories were unpublished in his lifetime, including 'A Storm of Blizzard Proportions' which features in this collection for the first time. 'Approach the simple elegance of Chekhov' Washington Post

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