‘Blind Landing’ is a history of the development of blind and automatic landing to enable aircraft to operate in in poor visibility conditions. The book covers the early flight research conducted prior to and post WWI, including the work on unmanned aircraft. The requirement to recover bombers returning to fog-bound bases in Britain in WWII, and later the increasing requirements of military operations to counter the Soviet threat, maintained the pace of development, particularly in the USA and the UK with the RAE’s Blind Landing Experimental Unit (BLEU) at Bedford. The arrival of jet powered airliners with increased landing speeds and the need for greater safety and operational reliability then led to airline operations in a range of poor weather conditions with the Trident, Caravelle, B727 and Concorde aircraft and the later fly by wire flight control and head up display solutions for the Airbus, Boeing, and Embraer current range of aircraft.
Price £30 plus £5 postage and packing (UK only, other countries available on request); Aeroplane Magazine review January 2023.