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Wright to Fly
  Celebrating 100 Years of Powered Flight

Peter R March

Unstopable on the Deck

Wilfred Hardy

Unstopable on the Deck by Wilfred Hardy

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This book tells the story of a century of powered flight that started when the Wright Brothers first took to the air on 17 December 1903. It is one of a number of titles published by the RAF Benevolent Fund (now the RAF Charitable Trust Enterprises) whose sterling work raises millions of pounds each year for service charities. 100 paintings by a selection of artists illustrate subjects ranging from the earliest wood and canvas aircraft to the most recent stealth bombers.

After a foreword by Sir Peter G Masefield and an introduction by Peter March, the body of the book takes each year in turn, a narrative summary of  the key aviation advances of the year is complimented by a diary giving dates of key events, and a full colour plate of a painting relevant to the period. Artists include Taylor, Trudgian, Coulson, Ferris, Turner, Wong and Postlethwaite. Presentation is excellent, in summary this is a good combination of useful reference and some fine examples of aviation art, many of which most readers will not have seen before.

Cats in the Midday

Cats in the Midday Sun by Mark Postlethwaite

Vulcan Thunder

Vulcan Thunder by Nicolas Trudgian
Phantom Strike by Robert Taylor

Combat Over the

Combat Over the Reich by Robert Taylor

Dust Off

Dust Off - Angels of Mercy by William S Phillips

Reviewer’s Pick

A dramatic composition takes the viewer right into the action in Phantom Strike by Rober Taylor.

Wright to Fly

Outright Winner

Outright Winner by Roger Middlebrook

Flagship Over

Flagship Over Manhattan by Robert Watts

New Century

New Century Defender by Wilfred Hardy

All images copyright the individual artists or publishers.



Foreword by Sir Peter G Masefield


The American Society of Aviation Artists and the Guild of Aviation Artists


Intro by Peter R March


Contributing Artists


100 Years of Powered Flight


Acknowledgements and Special Thanks

Publishing Information - First Edition (hardback amd leather bound)

Publisher: RAF Benevolent Fund

ISBN: 1-899808-76-0 

Released: 2002

Size: 11.5 x 8.5 inches

Pages: 216

Colour images: 102

Publishing Information - First Edition (softback)

Publisher: RAF Benevolent Fund

ISBN: 1-899808-81-7 

Released: 2002

Size: 11.5 x 8.5 inches

Pages: 216

Colour images: 102

First published by the RAF Benevolent Fund in hardback (with slip case) and softback in 2002. There was also an exclusive leather bound edition (with slip case) issued as a limited edition of just 300 individually numbered copies. It was reisssued by them in softback form only in 2003. In 2006 it was released again, this time in hardback form by New Line Books.

Publishing Information - Second Edition (hardback)

Publisher: New Line Books

ISBN: 1597641952

Released: 2006

Size: 11.5 x 8.5 inches

Pages: 216

Colour images: 102


First Edition:

Softback version only available on the secondary market. However we currently have a few copies of the hardcopy and leather bound limited edition versions in stock, these are brand new purchased directly from the RAFCTE and still in their original boxes - go to online store

Second Edition:

Available, however we are currently out of stock.

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