A Stuartfield author has just written his latest book, based on his love of aviation.
Charles Woodley is an experienced writer who has contributed extensively to an array of aviation publications such as Aviation News, Aviation Classics and Aviation World, Air Britain’squarterly magazine.
He has used his extensive knowledge of and passion for aviation history to write his latest book, History of British European Airways 1946-1972.
British European Airways was formed in 1946 and took over most UK domestic and European routes under the British government's nationalisation policy. It began operations with a fleet of outdated and hopelessly uneconomic passenger aircraft but by the end of 1955 the airline had re-equipped with more modern types such as the jet-prop Viscount and moved into a profit for the first time.
BEA merged with the British Overseas Airways Corporation in 1974 to form British Airways.
Mr Woodley's book looks at BEA's predecessors, its formation and early operation. The evolving structure is explained with chapters covering engineering bases, terminals, European and domestic services, cargo services and helicopter operations.
Illustrated throughout, the book also includes anecdotes from former crew and ground-staff as well as a full fleet list. Aviation and Airway history has a good following and this book would make fascinating reading for anyone interested in the subject.
Published by Pen & Sword Books Ltd, the book is priced at £14.99.