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THE MIDDLE EAST - History in the Arab Skies

January 02, 2012

THE MIDDLE EAST - History in the Arab Skies

Books in Brief. This month's publications selected from those showcased at the 2011 Sharjah Book Fair. The second book on a list of six selected books was HISTORY IN THE ARAB SKIES, by Gerald Butt

History in the Arab Skies reveals the close relationship between the Middle East and aviation from the earliest days of flight and analyses the decisive impact it has had on the political complexion of the region. Remarkably, flimsy pioneering aircraft started to appear in Arab skies within only a few years of the Wright brothers' first powered flight that took place across the Channel that separates England and France. In 1910, when no airman had unyet succeeded in flying from London to Manchester, a spectacular aviation week was held in Cairo. Today, Gulf airlines are among the world's major international players, and Arab air forces are leading customers for military aircraft.

 

Reviewed by Fred Rhodes
The Middle East Magazine
January 2012 Issue