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The Seaplane Years: A History of the Marine & Armament Experiment-Used


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Author : Tim Mason
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Source Text: Armament Experimental Establishment, 1920 - 1924, and Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment, 1924 - 1956)The book opens with an interdiction by Air Chief Marshal Sir Peter Squire, followed by an Introduction and Acknowledgements.The first three chapters cover the three facilities used for testing from 1920 to 1956. Of special interest to modelers will be some of the pictures found here. There are a few good diorama ideas tucked into this part of the book. The meat of this book for scale modelers will be found in Chapters 4 and 5.Chapter 4 is Flying Boats where such familiar planes as the Supermarine Sea Otter, the Consolidated Catalina, and the Martin Mariner are covered along with many others. Each plane has a discussion of it's testing and the findings. For most there are one or two pictures and some, such as the Shorts Sunderland has several photos and a color profile drawing. Most of the pictures are full shots, but a few interesting detail shots can be found in the book. One exceptional series of pictures shows a float plane (a special design called "Mercury") piggybacked on a Shorts Empire flying boat.Chapter 5 is Floatplanes. Some of the examples discussed include the Fairey Swordfish, Spartan Arrow, De Havilland Moth, and Avro Bison. Again, most entries have one photo, while a few have 2 or 3 and/or a color profile painting. One floatplane I was surprised to see was the Heinkel He 115.There are seven appendices, including one on German Seaplanes of the MAEE. A useful index rounds out the book. The book contains over 300 black and white photographs and over 20 color profile drawing. I feel that this book is more likely to appeal to aviation historians or aircraft buffs. It is, after all, the story of a testing program and in that sense is very well done. For the aircraft modeler looking for detailed information on a specific plane, it can't be found here. --Chuck Bush, IPMS # 42838 THIS TITLE HAS been a long time coming, but the wait was worthwhile. Many readers will be familiar with the author's previous books, British Flight Testing: Martlesham Heath 1920-1939(Putnam, 1993) and The Secret Years: Flight Testing at Boscombe Down 1939-1945 (Hikoki, 1998). This latest volume completes the trilogy, spotlighting the work of the Marine and Armament Experimental Establishment of 1920-1924 and its successor, the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment (MAEE), 1924-1956. Covering so many aircraft types and such a long period of experimental flying in such limited pagination and wordage must have presented the author with an unenviable challenge, but he has succeeded remarkably well, even if the histories of the numerous types, both famous and infamous, have of necessity had to be somewhat curtailed. That said, there is enough extravagant white space in the overdesigned layout to have allowed for a substantial amount of additional wordage; I know which I would have preferred. The illustrations, monochrome pictures interspersed with artwork colour side elevations, are plentiful, large and well reproduced, though the need for tinting some of the pictures eludes me. There is much hitherto undisclosed information regarding the testing of this extraordinary pot pourri of waterborne aircraft in the text, which is concise and clear, and informative captions provide further enlightenment. The first three chapters provide background histories of the stations concerned, Grain, Felixstowe and Helensburgh, and survey the work carried out there. Chapters 4 and 5 cover the flying-boats and seaplanes respectively, concentrating on the trials(and tribulations) and also providing tabulated data. Appendices cover Cos and superintendents, German waterborne aircraft tested at the MAEE (a stray "e" appears in Bloehm und Voss), flying hours (a whole page wasted on just a heading and three lines of text), a glossary and further reading. The index is confused; under "Engines", for example, one finds some listed by manufacturer and others by type name. This is a valuable work on an important aspect of official test-flying in the UK, well worth acquiring despite its shortcomings, most of which are down to the designer rather than the author. 4/5 --Aeroplane Magazine - December 2011Hikoki Publications at Manchester U.K. has published a range of 16 very interesting books on various historical aviation subjects. Latest title released is `The Seaplane Years' written by retired R.A.F. pilot Tim Mason. In this book the history of the Marine & Armament Experimental over the years 1920-1924 and the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment over 1924-1956 is amply described.The book starts with a short history of the experimental Naval Air Stations at Grain, Felixstowe and Helensburgh. Maps of the sites and a short overview of the organisations are also given. In two additional very large chapters, all flying boats and seaplanes that were tested at the experimental Naval Air Stations are described, including many, many very nice and mostly very rare photographs. Special care has been taken to preserve the nice chamois-tinted colours of the old pre-war black-and-white photogra

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