Author Norman Currey, an aviation expert himself, brings a meticulously researched and well-written piece chronicling modern aviation’s highlights and, along the way, corrects several misconceptions about the prominent “firsts” in this area in his acclaimed book, “Airplane Stories and Histories.”
Currey, whose experience with aircraft was in the Air Training Corps from 1941 to 1943, allows readers, especially aviation enthusiasts, to appreciate the human stories of modern aviation as well as the lesser-known pioneers, starting with Sir George Cayley, dubbed as the father of aviation.
Upon his graduation from the de Havilland Aeronautical Technical at Harfield, Currey worked as a stress engineer at de Havilland on the Comet and then voyaged to Canada, where he served as a design engineer at Avro Aircraft for ten years, primarily working in its Initial Projects Office.
Currey details a significant number of planes in modern aviation history, from the Wright Brothers’ biplane to the Northrop Grumman B2. He takes a dive into discussing the de Haviland DH98 Mosquito (Mossie), which was described as one of the airplanes at that time which was primarily made of wood.
In a review on Amazon, Diana M. Hawkins, a writer and novelist herself, lauded author Norman Currey for coming up with a highly rated book that offers amazing facts for individuals interested in aviation.
“It also details the many scientific advancements made during this period as well as the unforgettable aircraft that paved the way for many others—warplanes like the Spitfire, Mustang, and Mosquito; the early commercial propeller planes like the Ford Trimotor, the DC-3, DC-4, and DC-6, the flying boats (which opened up routes in Africa), Lockheed’s Super Constellation, and the prop-jet, Vickers Viscount; followed by jet planes such as the de Havilland’s Comet, the joint British-French Concorde, Boeing’s 707, 747, and the company’s other well-known passenger aircraft; the heavy lifters, including the C-130 Hercules and C-5 Galaxy, etc.,” writes Hawkins.
Hawkins also described Airplane Stories and Histories as an easy read, free from the technical lingo usually found in such histories.
“It tells of the notable events and developments in flight that took place during aviation’s first 200 years,” she adds.
Norman Currey worked at Lockheed for three long decades on the C-130, C-5, and JetStar and conducted research and development in their Preliminary Design department.
Those who want to grab a copy of Airplane Stories and Histories by author Norman Currey, a perfect gift for aviation enthusiasts, historians, engineers, as well as scientists, may purchase it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Book Depository.
Bookside Press, a leading Canada-based company, has led the pack in bringing out Currey’s engaging book to the public, offering many authors exclusive access to publicity.