The Aerocar

Aerocar A Portsmouth venture, embraced by an Indian Maharajah 9781912821181 Against the backdrop of war and the break-up of the British Empire, this book explores how a team of British entrepreneurs battled to develop a commercially viable aircraft for the post-war years.

Lionel Balfour and his colleague, Francis Luxmoore, sought to develop a radical aeroplane to challenge the cumbersome  pre-war aircraft that were available in the 1930s. With convenience and comfort in mind, the Aerocar prototype G-AGTG was tested and orders started rolling in. All they needed to do was finance it. Using previously unseen documents, and notes from his father’s archives, Christopher Balfour tells the story of this very British endeavour. available at the Aviation bookshop https://www.aviation-bookshop.com and also available on amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk

Using previously unseen documents, and notes from his father’s archives, Christopher Balfour tells the story of this very British endeavour.



Their journey took them to the United States, Canada and then India, where the support and generosity of the Jam Saheb of Nawanagar, a maharajah of one of the princely states, helped them with their endeavour. But with the onset of Partition, the Aerocar’s future was doomed.

Using previously unseen documents, and notes from his father’s archives, Christopher Balfour tells the story of this very
British endeavour.

 

 

 

 

Part 1 of John Hayes' epic life story growing up on the building sites of Portsmouth

Led by Mike Underwood, author of Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth.  Mike was the architect responsible for repairing and conserving histroric buildings during Gunwharf's development and shares his experience and inside knowledge.

Meeting at Gunwharf Quays management offices opposite Marks and Spencers, the tour lasts 50 minutes and is free.

2pm TUESDAY 25 Oct, WEDNESDAY 26 Oct, THURSDAY 27 Oct.

See you there!

Gunwharf Quays is the UK’s premier world class shopping, leisure and residential waterfront development, attracting millions of visitors every year. Few realise that its history began more than 300 years ago when land was reclaimed from Portsmouth Harbour to provide a nationally important wharf for naval and army guns. Portsmouth’s gunwharf was the largest in Britain.

Early in the last century it became the HMS Vernon school for torpedoes and mines. In 1996 the site was sold and within five years had been transformed into Gunwharf Quays.

Author Michael Underwood’s experience, as the architect responsible for repairing and conserving historic buildings at Gunwharf Quays during its development, makes him uniquely qualified to tell the story. He has been afforded unparalleled access to documents, maps, plans, drawings and photographs which he brings together for the first time in this fascinating book.

£12.99  ISBN:9781909660205