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de Havilland and Hatfield 1910-1935

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    John Clifford(Author)

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The de Havilland Aircraft Co opened an aerodrome in 1930 on farmland that it acquired outside Hatfield. The company's School of Flying was the first operation to take up residence. Flying clubs moved in and recreational facilities were developed. Garden parties, aerobatic displays and national air races were hosted. Regular visitors included famous flyers, royalty and aristocracy, actors and actresses, politicians, senior military ranks and representatives from Britain's other great aircraft manufacturers. Throughout 1934, new buildings were constructed to house de Havilland's global headquarters, factory production and Aeronautical Technical School. The victory of the sleek, red Comet in the England-Australia air race would have lasting significance for the town. The legendary Tiger Moth and iconic airliners such as the Dragon Rapide came off the production lines. Increasing numbers of RAF pilots were trained by the School of Flying while the garden parties, flying displays and air races continued. Military aircraft contracts were getting larger as long shadows from Europe reached the town.

John Clifford has worked in corporate communications for the last fifteen years. The son of an RAE Farnborough apprentice, John's bedroom ceiling was covered with model aircraft. He has lived most of his life in Norfolk, surrounded by former RAF and USAAF stations. He has an early but clear memory from the 1970s of passing the replica Comet racer that fronted the Hatfield factory site for many years. John edited the English translations of Tor Idar Larsen's Norwegian biographies in Viking Spitfire and Into the Swarm, both published by Fonthill Media.

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  • PDF | 240 pages
  • John Clifford(Author)
  • Fonthill Media (23 Jan. 2015)
  • English
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  • History

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  • By Jac Missenden on 30 May 2017

    I'm researching some family history and an ancestor of mine had an airline using Dragon Rapides so this is an information gem

  • By Velin Velkov on 1 March 2015

    In the 1920s and 1930s, Hatfield was the beating heart of British aircraft manufacturing and the world head-quarters of the legendary De Havilland company. The town saw daring flyers from the UK and other nations competing in the annual King’s Cup air race and welcomed foreign delegations interested in buying cutting-edge British aircraft. This is the story that John Clifford (whom I have known for several years) tells in his book “De Havilland and Hatfield, 1910-1935.” Rich in little-known facts and supported by a collection of fascinating photos (in colour and black-and-white), the book brings to life an important but now forgotten part of British aviation history - a period of technological breakthroughs and individual derring-do.It starts with an overview of early flying attempts and German air raids during WWI in the Hatfield area and then focuses on the development of the De Havilland manufacturing capability in Hatfield and its impact on the local society and economy. The book also charts the rise of the flying club - that typical British invention aimed at driving interest in flying. The excitement of the England-Australia air race and the daring exploits of well-known flying pioneers like Jim and Amy Mollison and Jean Batten are vividly described in the pages of the book.Weaving a fascinating story of early British aviation breakthroughs,“De Havilland and Hatfield” will be of particular interest not just to history buffs and aviation aficionados but to general readers too. The book is a celebration of the British engineering genius between the wars, which has contributed so much to later developments in civil and military aviation around the world.

  • By J. W. Lowther on 4 September 2015

    A phenomenal amount of research must have been done in the writing of this book. It is crammed with facts on every page. So much so that in parts it is not an easy read being more like a reference work. Some of the text has only a very tenuous connection to deHavilland or Hatfield but that adds to the books' interest and does bring out the very close knit and interrelated aeronautical community that existed in the 1920's and 30's. The book does not bring to life the story of the period and the casual reader might find it tedious but for the aircraft buff and aeronautical historian it is recommended and extremely good value. For ex DH and Hatfield employees like myself it is a must have book.

  • By Peter J Perrott on 15 January 2016

    An excellent history which I hope will be followed by an account of deHavilland's later years at Hatfield

  • By Jacky W on 3 February 2016

    Great read

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