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Illsley, John William

In Southern Skies. A Pictorial History of Early Aviation in Southern Africa 1816-1940

Published: Jonathan Ball Publishers, Johannesburg, 2003

Edition: First Edition

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ix + 362 pp. Pictorial  decorative end-papers. Profusely illustrated with contemporary photographs and artwork, with some colour.  Dust-jacket  rubbed. Boards  bumped. 

John Illsley has compiled a pictorial history of early flight in this country, from its humble beginnings to the aeroplanes that were used at the beginning of World War I. Each chapter has an introductory article, to set the scene for its subject, and the rest of the chapter is made up of pictures with comprehensive explanatory captions.

Among of the topics featured are:

First flights on man-made wings
Siege balloons in two colonial wars
Balloons on imperial service
Box kites
The first aeroplanes
South Africa\\\'s first true aviator
The brief genesis of SA military aviation
South Africans on the Western Front
First to the Cape and back
An airline for the Union
War planes
Air shows
Air races
Aviation history in envelopes and stamps
  • Jacket Condition: Very Good +
  • Binding Condition: Very Good +
  • Overall Condition: Very Good +
  • Size: Quarto

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