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Dh9 : The Extraordinary Story of the Discovery in India and Return to Flight of a Rare Wwi Bomber

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In 2000, quite by chance, aircraft restorer Guy Black of Aero Vintage located the hulks of at least two Airco DH9 bombers in a remote part of India – hidden away in what had been a Maharaja’s elephant stable at his palace in Bikaner, Rajasthan. They were truly remarkable finds, and extremely rare examples of a near-extinct and important WWI aircraft type – none of which had survived in Britain.

Recognizing their importance to the UK’s aviation heritage, and excited by the challenge of restoration, Guy set about negotiating their purchase and returning them back to England.

His colleague and author, Andy Saunders journeyed twice to India to complete the transaction and dismantle and pack them – a process not without massive difficulties and challenges. Now one of them will fly again!

Here the whole intriguing story is told – fully illustrated step-by-step – from discovery to recovery, through to research, restoration, reconstruction and first flight, all in fascinating, meticulous detail.

Also covered is the account of the restoration of the first DH9 to be completed, now housed as a non-flying exhibit at the IWM Duxford.
Number of Pages: 160
Genre: History
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Casemate Pub & Book Dist Llc
Author: Andy Saunders
Language: English
Street Date: November 19, 2016
TCIN: 51721925
UPC: 9781908117335
Item Number (DPCI): 248-29-5441

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