Flying Pantechnicons

Flying Pantechnicons

The Story of the Assault Glider Trust

Tim Jenkins

‘Flying Pantechnicons' is the fascinating story of a dedicated group of aviation enthusiasts' ambition to restore a collection of aircraft associated with airborne forces including the manufacture of the only complete example of an Airspeed Horsa in the world.
Publication date:
April 2021
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Language:
English
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Paperback
ISBN : 9781914059162

Dimensions : 245 X 170 mm
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Overview
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In the summer of 2000 the Midlands Branch of the Glider Pilot Regiment identified a significant gap in the proud heritage of British aviation. Despite numerous preserved aircraft assemblages both in the United Kingdom and abroad the fact remained that there was no complete surviving example of a publicly accessible Airspeed Horsa assault glider to be found anywhere in the world. The Assault Glider Trust was formed in order to put the situation straight once and, very much, for all.

Between 2001 and 2014 a skilled team of aviation enthusiasts worked tirelessly on the manufacture, conservation and restoration of not only the Airspeed Horsa but a wider collection of aircraft in honour of all those associated with airborne forces during The Second World war. These included an American WACO CG-4A 'Hadrian', C-47 Dakota and a DH82a Tiger Moth.

Flying Pantechnicons is a fascinating miscellany charting the remarkable story of The Assault Glider Trust and the determination of an entirely charitable voluntary organisation in achieving a most ambitious aviation project. The book follows their incredible journey from original idea through acquisition, restoration and the final challenge of finding permanent locations for public display and interpretation.

The development of British Airborne Forces and their military application is contextualised alongside the engineering challenges faced in the physical construction of historic airframes. Consequently, this book provides a valuable contribution to both historical interpretation and the machinations of large-scale object conservation making it ideal for aviation enthusiasts and heritage professionals alike.