This section is an easy-reference compilation of the various books on aviation in Hatfield and the famous companies, competitions, planes, pilots and other aspects linked to it, with links to Amazon.com. Copies can usually be found in local libraries and archives (but that probably doesn't help if you're looking for a gift!).
Please note: widget links to Amazon.com are included below, and clicking on these links will take you directly to their site. All pricing information and details displayed within a widget link comes directly from Amazon. Where there is no price information it indicates that the item is out of stock (and in some cases out of print).
Please note: this page is still being developed.
Hatfield Aerodrome: A History by Philip J Birtles
Panshanger Aerodrome by Michael Packham
Airspeed by D H Middleton
Airspeed Aircraft since 1931 by H A Taylor
Sky Fever by Sir Geoffrey de Havilland
Time to Fly by Sir Alan J Cobham
Twenty-Thousand Miles in a Flying Boat by Sir Alan J Cobham
Details the 17 November 1927 - 31 May 1928 – 20,000 mile Wakefield Flight of Survey around Africa in Shorts Singapore flying boat (G-EDUP), with Captain H V Worrall as co-pilot.
Slide Rule: The Autobiography of an Engineer by Nevil Shute
Includes early days at de Havilland (Stag Lane), with Vickers on the R.100 airship and founding Airspeed (till leaving in 1938).
Arise to Conquer by Wing Commander Ian Gleed DFC
Part fiction, part autobiography, it is a well written and detailed account of life as an RAF fighter pilot in the darkest days of WWII.
Fighter Leader by Norman Franks
A detailed autobiography of Wing Commander Gleed
There are a number of films and documentaries which also relate to aviation at Hatfield.