Fleet Air Arm Aviation Around The World In 90 Knots De Havilland Chipmunk Circumnavigation Squadron Leader Bill Purchase DHC-1 C1-0714 / WP833

Around the World at 90 Knots: The Chipmunk Circumnavigation By Squadron Leader Bill Purchase MBE

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Generations of pilots cut their flying teeth in this very capable, much loved, but unsung aircraft.

Originally published by Squadron Leader Bill Purchase in 2000, this book describes Exercise Northern Venture as it really happened, constructed from Bill’s own personal diary and that of Ced Hughes, another of the participating Chipmunk pilots.

This newly revised edition, which coincides with the initiation of planning for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the de Havilland Chipmunk, comes just ahead of the type’s 75th anniversary on 22nd May 2021.


Whilst sticking closely to the original narrative this second edition has revised layout, some new photographs, and provides additional material describing some of the endurance testing involved, how planning was effected, traces all the aircraft involved to the present day and includes facsimiles of official records of the adventure not previously publicized.



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