The Vickers Vimy (Signed copy)
Signed by the author, and also by R E Dicker, engineer to Alcock and Brown in 1919
First edition, hardback with gilt Vimy to upper board and gilt titling to spine. 22 × 14cm, 128pp.
This copy has first been signed by the author, P St John Turner, to R E Dicker who served as an engineer to aviators John Alcock and Arthur Brown in Newfoundland in 1919. The book has then been signed by R E Dicker (as Bob) to Sir Peter Allen, there is a typed letter signed from Bob Dicker to Sir Peter neatly tipped in, and finally Dicker has signed his foreword. Page 68 has a brief biography of Bob Dicker, which at time of writing (1969) was 76 and believed to be the sole surviving member of the 13-strong Vimy team that travelled to Newfoundland in 1919.
The story of the Vickers Vimy, the heavy bomber aircraft developed at the end of the Great War. During the interwar years, it set many records, the most celebrated being the first non-stop crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in June 1919 by Alcock and Brown. The book is illustrated with black and white photographs and technical plans of the plane.
This copy is in good condition. There is light tanning and finger marks to the pages, and the bottom edge of the boards is tanned. However, the binding is secure and the book is in good, strong readable condition.