Rowland White



‘A gorgeous fact and fun-filled tome dedicated to planes. From the perfect paper plane to how helicopters fly – with practical fun thrown in’ Guardian

‘A great gift for boys – and girls! – from nine to ninety.  Packed full of totally vital stuff like how to build your own bottle rocket or hovercraft.’ Bear Grylls

‘This is a fabulous book.  I defy anyone with even the slightest interest in aviation not to utterly love every page.  Sumptuously illustrated, this tells the story of flight with unashamed enthusiasm and verve.  Read this and be swept up into the skies.’ James Holland

“I could bang on at length about this book.  It’s a roll call of legends and heroes.  It’s the work of someone genuinely obsessed with his subject yet gifted with the ability to make his obsession inclusive rather than exclusive.  From end to end it’s stuffed with the kind of anecdotes that can swiftly be passed of as one’s own.  But I’ll treasure The Big Book of Flight just because it’s joyful and joyous.  Read it and you’ll surely detect the hand of an expert – but more than anything else it reveals the breathless excitement of a young boy.  Some vitally important part of Rowland White has never grown up, never forgotten why flying machines make his heart beat faster.  It’s a delight to see.” Neil Oliver

‘A fact-packed delight for aviation enthusiasts aged from nine to 90, full of derring-do … an engaging and entertaining collection of everything worth knowing about the world of flight’ RAF NEWS

“The aviation book of the decade” Aviation Xtended Podcast

‘It’s a good thing to have a long-standing interest and passion in a subject. It’s an even better thing if you can include aspects of that interest and passion into your day job. It is, however, another thing entirely if you can crystallize that interest and passion into a single all-encompassing, lavishly produced, confidently written 320-page book.  Rowland White had a number of trump cards up his sleeve in order to accomplish this. Firstly: a self-confessed life-long interest in aviation, and writing about it – always keeping his boyhood giddiness near the surface. Secondly: A career in book publishing. Lastly: his own career as an author of three published aviation books, most famously the exhilarating Vulcan 607.  Mix these all up, and The Big Book of Flight is the result. The simplest way to describe it would be as an aviation equivalent of The Dangerous Book for Boys – a big, chunky guide/reference book – but it is an immense creation, a “celebration” – as the publisher puts it … It starts with a poem, and an article on the early ‘birdmen’ and ends with a history of drones, and a final poem. In-between is an explosion of info-graphics, stories, paintings, tributes, and lists.  There are dozens of 2-6 page summaries on a huge spectra of topics – such as the history of ballooning, aerial warfare in WW2, airline food, and UFOs.   The content is passionate and fearless – as such a huge amount of topics and data is surely going to be a big magnet for the critics and pedants out there. Those that take their aviation more seriously will have possible coronary issues with various sections on aviation references in movies, music, and popular culture – but any book that references the likes of Warren Ellis, Gruff Rhys, and The Final Countdown is alllllllright by me.  In Summary: an essential object. ‘  X-Planes Tumblr