TESTING YEARS

From Hurricane to TSR-2

Signed by Wg Cdr Roland Beamont CBE DSO*DFC*

  • Price: £ 95

Signed by Roland Beamont in black ink on the title page

Ian Allen. First edition, 1980.  160 pages and well illustrated with photographs

Fine condition hardback book and dustjacket. Clean, tight and bright.

From flying Hurricanes in the Battles of France and Britain to leading a Typhoon Squadron and later a Tempest Wing into action, Roland Beamont became one of the world’s foremost test pilots.  His experiences during 40 years of test flying include production testing the wartime Hawker fighters, developing Britain’s first jet fighter, the METEOR; Britain’s first jet bomber, the CANBERRA; Britain’s first supersonic fighter, the P1 (which became the LIGHTNING); the fabulous but ill fated TSR2 and the JAGUAR and TORNADO amongst many others. 

In this book he describes what it was like to fly and test some of the world’s most fascinating aircraft and included are first flight reports and correspondence concerning the early development of types such as the Lightning and Canberra.  Types covered include: Hurricane, Typhoon, Tempest, Spitfire, Me 109, FW190, Sabre, Starfighter, Meteor, Lightning, Canberra, TSR-2, VC10 and the BAC 111.

This is a superb example of a scarce signed book.