Parnall Aircraft Since 1914 by Kenneth E. Wixey soon to be presented for sale on the really rather good BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: London: Putnam Aeronautical Books, 1990, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Jacket illustration: An original painting by Keith Woodstock depicting a Parnall Panther from HMSA-gus, 1924. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Tables; Plans;
From the cover: The Parnall companies entered aviation when the Admiralty asked Parnall & Sons Ltd to manufacture and recondition RNAS aeroplanes. This work involved Avro, Fairey, Short and Sopwith types and led to Parnall designing and building its own naval aircraft and to a long association between Parnall, the Admiralty, Air Ministry and British aviation industry.
The author traces in great detail the history and development of the Parnall concerns from early in the twentieth century and their involvement in aircraft work up to the mid-1960s.
Most Parnall aeroplanes have long been forgotten but Kenneth Wixey brings to life a whole range of interesting types including the one-off Scout or Zepp-Chaser, the Panther naval two-seater with folding fuselage, the Puffin amphibious fighter, Plover carrier-borne fighter, Possum triplane mailplane, Pixie light aeroplane, the submarine-borne Peto, the naval reconnaissance Pike, the Pipit shipboard fighter and many others. Well remembered, but not always associated with Parnall are the Hendy Hecks and the first batch of Percival Gulls which were built by George Parnall & Co.
Appendices list the individual Parnall-built aircraft; the disposition of Parnall-built aircraft on Navy duty in 1918; and surviving Parnall products.
Very Good+ in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.
Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 240 pages. Index. Bibliography. 8¾” x 5¾”.
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