Published by the Eastbourne Local History Society in 2000, 174 pages. Hardback with Dust Jacket (N5082)
This book is a detailed history of the Eastbourne Aviation Company, providing a fascinating account of the men who learned to fly and the machines in which they flew, as well as the history of Eastbourne Airfield. The book also records the role of Royal Naval Air Service in Eastbourne during the First World War.
The book is illustrated throughout with lots of black and white photographs, many showing aircraft of the period and the men who flew them
From the front inside fly leaf: This is a book for both the local historian and the aviation enthusiast. It describes the trials and tribulations of the men who established and operated the Eastbourne Aerodrome and Seaplane Base between 1911 and 1924, and also examines the background and careers of these early aviators - who learned to fly at the aerodrome, as well as detailing those who lost their lives there in flying accidents.
There are more than a hundred photographs and detailed drawings of the aircraft which were built and which flew at the aerodrome, as well as of the men who flew them and the townsfolk who worked at the airfield and the Seaplane Base.
Numerous appendices and footnotes provide evidence of the massive research effort (that has gone into the book), and which gives the reader explanations and information that will add to the understanding of this small part of British aviation history
Condition of the book is generally good. The dust jacket has some minor scuffs, and some light wear along the edges, but the blue cover boards are clean and bright, the spine is tight and intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.