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The Royal Aircraft Establishment at Bedford

Wings Over Thurleigh

Ed. M D Dobson

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AN AERONAUTICAL RESEARCH HERITAGE – 1954 TO 1994

MANAGING EDITOR MICHAEL D DOBSON

EDITORIAL TEAM

Philip Brotherhood
John Daniels
Patricia Hurry
Derek Lewis
Peter Nicholas
Ronald Newbery
Anthony Smith

SUMMARY

Wings Over Thurleigh describes the history and the legacy of Thurleigh Airfield at RAE Bedford from its beginnings until its closure in 1994. It records the establishment structure, the research aircraft and its facilities. The work programmes and their outcome over the lifespan of the establishment are described. The book was produced by an editorial team and first published in 2001, reprinted during 2010 in its 3rd edition. Minor corrections were made to the text and many additional photographs were included.

This edition has now sold out although second hand copies may occasionally be found. In view of a continuing interest, however, the Heritage Group has supported the publication of a Fourth Edition. This is in soft back format. The content remains essentially unchanged from the Third Edition.

Numerous photographs and illustrations complement the text of 243 pages.

ISBN 978-0-9541594-0-5

Chapter Headings:

Chapter 1 The Origins of the Establishment

Chapter 2 Thurleigh Airfield

Chapter 3 Aerodynamics Flight Division

Chapter 4 Some Aero Flight Research Programmes

Chapter 5 Research Programmes Related to Particular Aircraft

Chapter 6 VSTOL Research at Thurleigh

Chapter 7 Helicopter and Hovercraft Research

Chapter 8 The Blind Landing Experimental Unit [BLEU]

Chapter 9 Landing Research Facilities

Chapter 10 Operational Systems Division

Chapter 11 Naval Air Department

Chapter 12 The Thurleigh Experience – Innovation and Discovery

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