Company: Flight Recorder Publications
Having spent some pleasurable visits to both the RAF Hendon and RAF Cosford museums, my curiosity was piqued by the title of this book and I was anxious to review it. When I received it and saw “Royal Air Force Museum” on the soft cover as the official “sponsor,” I anticipated coverage of the first, if not both museums.
Nope. In fact, the author states in the second paragraph of his introduction that there’s not enough space in the publication to cover the museum in depth---instead, the book is a concise history of RAF Hendon’s founding, rise, and utilization.
The airfield started as the launching point for a balloon on 20 August, 1862, carrying the pilot and four passengers. One of them, John Glashier, had previously flown with the balloon’s pilot, Henry Coxwell, many times on meteorological research flights. The flight didn’t set any records and, in fact, was somewhat of a disappointment, as the balloon came down not far from its takeoff point due to light winds aloft.