Kiplingesque story of a simpler time The Flight of the Titan
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