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Farnborough and the Fleet Air Arm

Geoffrey G.J. Cooper

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ISBN 10: 185780306X / ISBN 13: 9781857803068
Editorial: Midland Publishing, U.K., 2008
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Título: Farnborough and the Fleet Air Arm

Editorial: Midland Publishing, U.K.

Año de publicación: 2008

Condición del libro:Fine

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Near Fine

Edición: First Edition.

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This is a companion volume to Farnborough: 100 Years of British Aviation, by Peter Cooper, which was published in the summer of 2006. This book, however, concentrates on the activities of the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Aircraft/Aerospace Establishment at Farnborough. This department was perhaps the most demonstrative of all RAE centers of research; almost all its experimental work involved aircraft undergoing some full-scale activity in being launched or brought to rest (sometimes with extensive predictable damage).
The author, a chartered engineer employed at RAE during 1936-46, has recorded the research activities of RAE as a center of worldwide aviation expertise. This comprehensive account covers the activities of the Naval Aircraft Department, previously the Catapult Section of the RAE, together with an overview of subsequent developments in the art and practice of 'Flying Navy'. This work introduced the provision of flightdeck machinery and equipment by the RAE for operating aircraft from ships at sea. This book describes in detail the engineering support given to decommissioning of HMS ARK Royal in 1978. It covers the invention and development of ship-borne catapults, accelerators, arrester gears, safety barriers, the angled deck, and visual landing aids all British inventions, and adopted by foreign navies who currently operate fleet carriers. The book also includes details of experimental work in mechanically assisted launching of heavy bombers, flexible landing decks for undercarriageless aircraft, and arrester gear in the event of overshoot of airfields, including proposals for the Concorde.

About the Author:

Geoffrey George John Cooper was born in 1920 at his grandmother's smallholding on the Broadlands estate home of the Earl of Mountbatten in Romsey, Hampshire. His father and grandfather ran a millwright and general engineering workshop in the town. The business collapsed during the industrial depression of the late 1920s when his grandfather retired and his father moved to Farnborough, also in Hampshire. It was here that 16-year-old Geoff enrolled at the renowned Royal Aircraft Establishment as an engineering apprentice. World War II began during his apprenticeship and, on completion of his training, he was engaged as a technician in the Catapult Section at RAE (later to become Naval Aircraft Department). It was here that he gained the experience and interest in experimental work associated with 'Flying Navy'. At the end of the war, he was recruited to the Ministry of Works (later the Department of Environment) for the engineering design and construction of large experimental projects for government research establishments. He held this occupation until his retirement in 1985.

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