Series No. 7
This, the seventh book in the
publishers "African Aviation" series was recently launched and is an
overview of the personal and operational flying history of the top
fourteen pilots of the South African Air Force. Their life stories are
briefly told in a easily read manner, covering the fascinating lives of
these great aviators and pioneers.
The book is well illustrated with photographs, as well as copies of historic documents, and makes for fascinating reading.
As most of the pilots were flying pre-1945, most of the pictures are understandably in black and white. As each pilots' story is a separate chapter, the book can be read at leisure allowing one to quickly read a chapter. The problem is you will not stop at one chapter...
It is laudable that the author chose to focus on the life stories of these pilots, as they are often over-looked, with many books focusing instead on individual aircraft types or air campaigns that featured prominently in history.
I can wholly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in historic aviation who wish to learn more about our country’s great pilots and aviation pioneers, who flew before today’s hi-tech pilot aid environment. -MBL