The Men Who Gave Us Wings: Britain and the Aeroplane 1796-1914, Peter Reese.
An interesting account of the early days of flight in Britain, from
the research into gliders, through various unsuccessful attempts at
powered flights and into the post-Wright Brothers world, when the
pioneers of the British aviation industry came to the fore, a group of
remarkable men that included the Short brothers, A.V. Roe, Geoffrey de
Havilland and Sir Thomas Sopwith.
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