Howard Pixton Test Pilot and Pioneer Aviator: The Biography of the First British Schneider Trophy Winner Stella Pixton

ISBN: 9781473822566

Published: December 19th 2014

Hardcover

240 pages


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Howard Pixton Test Pilot and Pioneer Aviator: The Biography of the First British Schneider Trophy Winner  by  Stella Pixton

Howard Pixton Test Pilot and Pioneer Aviator: The Biography of the First British Schneider Trophy Winner by Stella Pixton
December 19th 2014 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 240 pages | ISBN: 9781473822566 | 8.29 Mb

This book is a truly remarkable account that captures the atmosphere, thrills and danger of the pioneering days of aviation. Howard Pixton was flying for A V Roe at Brooklands in 1910 when S F Cody at Laffan s Plain tried to persuade him to join him.MoreThis book is a truly remarkable account that captures the atmosphere, thrills and danger of the pioneering days of aviation. Howard Pixton was flying for A V Roe at Brooklands in 1910 when S F Cody at Laffan s Plain tried to persuade him to join him.

But in 1911 he test flew A V Roe s tractor biplane, the forerunner of the 504. By now acknowledged as the first professional test pilot, he left A V to join Bristols and for two years demonstrated new models to dignitaries across Europe.In 1913 he joined Tommy Sopwith and in 1914 he became the first Briton in a British plane to win an international race, the coveted Schneider Trophy.

This gave Britain air supremacy and Howard was feted as the finest pilot in the World. Sopwith s Tabloid aircraft developed into the Pup, and then into the Camel . Throughout The Great War Pixton test flew many of the rapid evolving designs.For a biography of an early aviation pioneer of the top rank, this book cannot be bettered.REVIEWS ...these pioneering days of flying are often overlooked so it is good to see this book shed light on mans first attempts at flight and the birth of the constant quest for aerial speed.

Air ClassicsAlthough this book is a biography, it reads more as an autobiography, as it is written in the first person. It reads as if Howard is sitting in front of you, and telling you his story. his presentation works quite well and is a wonderful way to experience an enthralling life in aviation history. Stella Pixton, being Howards daughter, certainly has a close relationship with the subject of her book, and she quite ably relates her knowledge to the reader. Its a great story- very well told.

For any aviation history enthusiast, particularly interested in the early days, this book is a must read.Logbook, Volume 13, Number 2, 2nd Quarter November 2015



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