Biggin Hill, world-famous as a Battle of Britain fighter station, has had many lives. First used as an airfield in 1917, Biggin Hill saw brutal action in both World Wars, never losing a day's operations despite devastating enemy attacks. Since 1959 two dynamic figures have kept this historic airfield open against the odds: fighter ace Jock Maitland, creator of the renowned Biggin Hill Air Show, and army pilot Andrew Walters, who has turned it into London's No 1 business airport, with a thriving aviation community that includes air charter companies, engineering firms, flying schools, storage and restoration, and Formula 1 and Bombardier interests. Meanwhile a new Museum and St George's Memorial Chapel keeps memories alive. The first full history of this great airfield, Nine Lives looks behind the scenes of a busy modern airport, digs deep into its dramatic past, and tells an inspiring tale of enterprise, innovation, teamwork and determination.
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Availability: In Stock, usually dispatched same day
Publisher: UNICORN PRESS
Publication date: 14/08/2023
Country of publication: UNITED KINGDOM
Weight: 1540 g
Dimensions: 260.00mm X 240.00mm
Alex Martin grew up in Westerham, a few miles south of Biggin Hill, when the Battle of Britain was still a vivid memory. He has taught in schools and universities in England and Italy, worked for the BBC and the British Council, and written more than twenty books on history and travel, as well as children's and adult fiction.