Books tells of pioneers of jet test flying

Test Flying in Lancashire  is now on the shelves
Test Flying in Lancashire is now on the shelves
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Daring tales of the pioneering jet pilots who took to the skies over Warton to test some of the most famous planes in history are the focus of a new book.

The latest instalment of aviation historian Jim Longworth’s series of three books Test Flying in Lancashire covers the heyday of English Electric and its successors BAC and British Aerospace.

The first volume, which was published by BAE Systems’ Heritage Department, raised more than £3,000 for local charities following its launch last December.

Jim said the latest book focuses on the pilots who put some of the most famous aircraft ever made into the skies.

He said: “The first volume covered the period from the First World War into the 1960s and this second volume picks up from then and carries the story forward into the 1980s.

“It covers the era when these aircraft really grew up, and when one looks at the names involved, from the emergence of the Lightning through to the Tornado which is still very much around 
today, it is a rich history.”

Ian Lawrenson, manager of the BAE Systems Heritage Department, said: “It is great to be able to celebrate the unique heritage we have here in Lancashire as aviation pioneers and raise money for some fantastic local charities in the process.”

The second volume of Test Flying in Lancashire is available from stores including Plackitt & Booth on Clifton Street, Lytham and SilverDell Books on Poulton Street, Kirkham.

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