Wings Over Dorset

Wings Over Dorset  
Aviation's story in the South
Large format  (12 by 9 inches) Hardback
Published 1983 by Dorset Publishing Company
Revised and extended edition 1989
Wings Over Dorset takes the study of local history to new heights.  It tells the story of the flying machines that have shaped the development of the twentieth century. Leslie Dawson shows that Dorset was at the forefront in the trials of new technology, from the beginnings of aviation through the making of radar to the application of flight refuelling. Constantly you will feel it has been caught in time. Dawson has documented a story that is still living history, tracking down many of  the participants and witnesses to the tale that unfolds. It is as much the story of people as their planes, and of local  places rather than the associated globe-trotting. The nostalgia is supported by a full insight into the facts and background. Throughout, the past is brought back to life by remarkable photographs, the bulk of them previously unpublished.
About the author
Leslie Dawson was born and educated in Southgate, London, where he first flew as an ATC cadet at RAF Hendon, now the RAF Museum. Moving to the south and having taken a gliding course at Lasham Gliding centre, Hampshire, he was taken on as a trainee instructor with No 622 Gliding School at Christchurch Airfield. A move to Old Sarum, with subsequent professional instructing experience at Lasham, saw him appointed chief gliding instructor of 622 and commissioned into the RAF Volunteer Reserve (Training Branch). Taught to fly a Tiger Moth by instructor pilots from the Empire Test Pilots School at nearby Boscombe Down, he went on to become a fully qualified private pilot, glider and motor glider instructor -  his enthusiasm for flying remembered by many of his  pupils.