Published: December 2019
Paperback (140 pages)
Publisher: Tippermuir Books Limited
Where Sky and Summit Meet | Ken Bruce
Flight Over Perthshire
Pilots, Airfields, Aeronautical Feats, & War
ACROSS THE WORLD, since the dawn of time, people have wanted to fly like the birds. Some of the earliest serious attempts were made in Scotland. Errol in Perthshire was one of the first places in the world to witness powered, piloted flight. Later, the north of the county played its part in the development of the first powered military aircraft.
Where Sky and Summit Meet is the story of flight in Perthshire, from the rickety prototypes of the early aeronautical pioneers to the high-tech marvels of the present day. Its cast of idealists and visionaries includes David Kay of Blackford, who designed and built the Kay Gyroplane in the 1930s, and the unsung hero Preston Watson, who arguably predated the Wright Brothers in flying the world’s first successful aeroplane. The book’s sections on Perthshire in the Second World War, conjures a time when the county was home to several RAF airfields and the skies were crowded with military planes and martial activity.
Where Sky and Summit Meet is a fascinating account of pilots, airfields, aeronautical feats, and war. A must-read for anyone interested in either Scottish or military history.
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