IrishPilot wrote:Hello Dave my name is Andrew Masterson and as the tag say's I am Irish and a Pilot with a particular interest in 20th Century Irish Military history and Irish historical aviation, primarily the early days of the formation of the Irish Free State Army and the early Irish Army Air Corps and also all aspects of early 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th Century British and European historical aviation up to the early jet age. My background is both Irish military and civil aviation in fixed wing and helicopter flying and I find accounts of both the development of the early aircraft and the experiences of the crews who operated and serviced them fascinating.
I am also addicted to all history in general from the Crusades to the conflict in Afghanistan and especially social history where we can get a feel for what life must have been like for the individual in specific circumstances in past times. Recent examples books I have read and which inspired me to visit related museums would be "Jack Tar" by Roy and Leslie Adkins which explores the lives of ordinary seamen and officers in the time of Nelson's navy. I couldn't put it down and read it in a week and "The Knife Man" by Wendy Moore about the surgeon John Hunter and how his pioneering work in anatomy shaped modern medicine and whose work can still be seen and appreciated in London's Hunterian museum at the Royal College of Surgeons.
Perhaps a little more focus on the development of aviation in the magazine, especially from the European context would be of interest to the general reader. Everyone knows about the Wright Brothers, but what about Sir George Cayley "The Father of Aerial Navigation", Otto Lilienthal, Clement Ader and the "Eole", Samuel Langley, Raymonde de Laroche, the first woman to recieve a pilots licence, Henry George "Harry" Ferguson developer of the first practical tractor and the first Irishman to build and fly his own aeroplane, Alberto-Santos-Dumont, Hubert Latham, Louis Bleriot, A.V. Roe, Colonel James Fitzmaurice and the Bremen among many who are not as well known in this day and age?
I have been reading BBC History for about four years and have collected all the podcast's which I regularly re-listen to. On that note, please do not drop back to one podcast per month!
I reside in the middle east, I am married with 3 boys and when not committing aviation I spend hours trawling the internet for anything of interest. it is a great magazine which I pick up as soon as I touch down in the UK and I have dropped a major hint to my wife for a subscription for my birthday this year
Great magazine, keep up the good work.
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