Ki­plingesque story of a sim­pler time The Flight of the Ti­tan

Townsville Bulletin - - The Goss - Brian Geach

By Ge­orge Rosie New­south­books $ 29.95

be­hind the con­cept and de­sign of the R34 which in many ways is as fas­ci­nat­ing as its ultimate 100-hour voy­age from Bri­tain to the United States.

This is cer­tainly a book for avi­a­tion buffs but it is also a book for those that see merit in Ki­plingesque sto­ries of seem­ingly sim­pler times, when the map of the world was punc­tu­ated by the red dye of Em­pire and self­ef­fac­ing Ed­war­dian heroes smoked briar pipes and af­fected an air of stud­ied de­tach­ment even in the direst of cir­cum­stances.

Such a man was Ed­ward Maitland, the driv­ing force be­hind the R34 who fea­tures promi­nently in this book and who the au­thor tells us has been de­scribed as ‘ TE Lawrence with his head in the air’.

Rosie drew upon crew diaries, tech­ni­cal re­ports, flight logs and con­tem­po­rary press cov­er­age in map­ping this for­got­ten story. This is a great lit­tle book, well re­searched and well told with a mod­est, yet in­ter­est­ing, se­lec­tion of pho­to­graphs. It’s cer­tainly worth a read.

In a word: Up­lift­ing

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