World War II saw the flying machine leap to the forefront of warfare. But after the war, these aircraft were sent for scrap and whole types quickly became extinct. In the 1960s a small, but dedicated, band decided to save some of these irreplaceable aircraft for posterity. Soon afterwards the British Aircraft Presevation Council was formed. In this book, the author tells the whole story of the British aircraft preservation movement. From early days at Old Warden and the Science Museum, through the establishment of the famous, but now long-past Skyframe and Strathallan collections, to the modern day, where every area of the country can boast its own collection of aircraft. Nearly all these collections contain a De Havilland Vampire and a Mignet Flying Flea.
Alec Brew has been writing on aviation history for over thirty years and has been involved with aircraft preservation for as long. He is archivist of the Boulton Paul Association and owns and maintains the Black Country Aircraft Collection.