This page is a guide to the published books generated under BAHG auspices. Only titles, affiliations, and a thumbnail icon representing the book cover are presented.

The listing here is in order of publication.

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Wings Over Thurleigh; Ed. M D Dobson

Wings Over Thurleigh describes the history and the legacy of Thurleigh airfield at RAE Bedford from its beginnings until its closure in 1994. It records the establishment structure, the research aircraft and its facilities. The work programmes over the lifespan of the establishment are described and their outcome. It was produced by an editorial team and first published in 2001, reprinted during 2010 and now in its 3rd edition. Minor corrections were made to the text and many additional photographs were included. Numerous photographs and illustrations complement the text of 243 pages.
The price is £15 plus P&P.


Wind Beneath the Wings; M D Dobson

This book complements the previously published book ‘Wings Over Thurleigh’ It traces the evolution of the Bedford’s wind tunnels from the earliest thoughts on supersonic flow in RAE, via a “German connection”, through to their construction at Bedford. A description of the five main working wind tunnels which provided a speed range from 80 mph to Mach 5 is provided with numerous photographs and illustrations complementing its 133 pages. It also details some of the experimental facilities for flight research on Thurleigh airfield. ISBN 978-0-9541594-1-2].
The price is £15 plus P&P.


Touchdown, Safely! ; R Bruce Lumsden

The story of All-weather Approach and Landing research and flight trials at RAE Bedford. The book is part historical, part technical and part autobiographical. The story recalls a number of major experimental programmes and some personal recollections of life at RAE Bedford. The work focussed on the challenges of landing aircraft safely in all weather conditions. Its 467 pages are illustrated with photographs, diagrams and charts, which show the results of the various trials and experiments undertaken.
The price is £25 plus P&P.


The Life of the Royal Aircraft Establishment; M D Dobson

This publication takes a broader look at RAE Bedford and deals particularly with the personnel and social aspects rather than the scientific and engineering aspects. While the existence of the Establishment and its research facilities enabled the work, the huge technical success which it achieved was due to the dedicated efforts of the many scientists, engineers, aircrew and skilled support staff who worked there. The book’s 264 pages supplement the previous publications and thereby completes a reasonably comprehensive historical record of the Establishment from its creation in the 1940s to its closure in the 1990s.
The price is £15 plus P&P.

The Challenges of Fly-by-Wire; Gerard T Shanks

A historical record of the Fly-by-Wire programmes conducted by the RAE from the early 1960’s up to the millennium and the relationship with industry. It describes how these programmes led to its direct application to the Tornado aircraft design and then into the digital age in the 1970s by industry and RAE through the Fly-by-Wire Jaguar and the Experimental Aircraft Programme. These programmes provided sufficient confidence to apply the technology to the Eurofighter Typhoon. The story completes with a description of the VAAC Harrier programme the product of which was selected by Lockheed for the flight control system of the Joint Strike Fighter, F35-B Lightning II aircraft.
                                                                      The price is £20 plus £5 P&P.




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