Farnborough is renowned for its International Air Show, but few of the many visitors know how it achieved that fame.
A hundred years ago, in 1905, the army moved their Balloon Factory from Aldershot to government land in South Farnborough, just behind the Swan.
This marked the beginning of an era of experimental flying and research that took Britain to the forefront of aviation development.
The Balloon Factory evolved into the Royal Aircraft Establishment, which was the major employer in the town for nearly half a century.
While numerous books have been written on the subject of the early pioneers and the work carried out at the RAE, little research into the local people who have lived with flying, year in and year out for more than a century, has been undertaken.
This new book fills that gap, cleverly combining the history of a town, its people and the evolution of flight as they developed and changed together in a stunning pictorial record of everyday life.
Numerous superb images of early 20th-century Farnborough show the progression from carriage to car, from trains to planes, and from war to peace. Many of the pictures record scenes that have long since disappeared and offer rare insight into life and industry in times past.
This charming and beautifully presented book will be of interest to both inhabitants and visitors, and will fascinate aviation historians.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 128 pages, 176 illustrations
- Publisher: The History Press Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/01/2005
- Category: Local history
- ISBN: 9781860773471