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Wings Over Water

The Story of the World's Greatest Air Race and the Birth of the Spitfire

Jonathan Glancey



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Atlantic Books
01 November 2020
Announced in 1912, the Schneider Trophy stole the imaginations of pioneering aircraft manufacturers in America, France, Britain and Italy, as they competed in a series of air races that attracted a hugely popular following. Perhaps inevitably, the dynamism of rival engineering led to the most potent military fighters of World War Two and Reginald Mitchell's record-breaking Supermarine seaplanes morphed into the Spitfire.

Wings Over Water tells the story of the Schneider air races afresh and also examines the wider politics and society of the early twentieth-century that framed the event. It is an exhilarating tale of raw adventure, public excitement and engineering genius.
By:   Jonathan Glancey
Imprint:   Atlantic Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Main
Dimensions:   Height: 241mm,  Width: 165mm,  Spine: 32mm
Weight:   725g
ISBN:   9781786494191
ISBN 10:   1786494191
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   01 November 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jonathan Glancey is well known as the former architecture and design correspondent of the Guardian and Independent newspapers. A frequent broadcaster, his books include The Journey Matters, Concorde, Harrier, Giants of Steam, Spitfire: The Biography, Nagaland: A Journey to India's Forgotten Frontier, Tornado: 21st Century Steam, The Story of Architecture and London: Bread and Circuses.

Reviews for Wings Over Water: The Story of the World's Greatest Air Race and the Birth of the Spitfire

Excellent... Glancey has a gift for explaining complex issues... he also sprinkles the text with vivid phrases. Leo McKinstry, Literary Review * Leo McKinstry, Literary Review on Concorde * Jonathan Glancey is eminently qualified to write a history of Concorde... He fully appreciates the aesthetics and science of aeronautical engineering, and the lucidity of his prose makes his complex subject clearly comprehensible. * Spectator on Concorde * A thoughtful hymn to a great symbol of the analogue age... Concorde will be the standard long read on the subject for a good few years. * The Times on Concorde *

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