Wings on Windermere Book Review
By Ray Mehlberger
|Date of Review||June 2011||Title||Wings on Windermere|
|Author||Allan King||Publisher||Mushroom Model Publications|
|Format||160 pages, softbound||MSRP (USD)||$59.00|
Mushroom Model Publications (MMP) is based in the UK. All their books are published in Sandomierz Poland by their associate Stratus, in the English language. Stratus also does their own line of books in Polish and English. MMP’s North American distributor Casemate sent me this new book.
The book is soft-cover and 160 pages in length in 8 ¼” x 11 5/8” page format.
The book contains 126 black and white photos. 18 of these are of people envolved with the site. 46 are of the buildings that were there, showing interiors and exteriors. Included also are photos of 15 documents concerning the factory and 1 of a propaganda poster. There are 3 color photos. One photo shows the Waterbird, which first took to the air off Windermere in 1909. It looks like the Wright Bros. aircraft on floats. The employees at this factory did some other items in their spare time from scrap materials. A photo of a metal aircraft desk display, cigarette lighters, book ends and a knife are shown. There is one small cut-away drawing of the Sunderland and 5 maps of the factory and living quarters buildings. A couple photos show a small amphibious glider that was tested at Windermere as well as the single prototype of the Short Shetland flying boat.
Accounts of Sundland’s actions against the German U-boats U-107, U-387 & U-995 are told. The last flyable Sunderland came back and landed at Windermere in 1990. It was viewed by a large crowd on enthusiasts. There are 8 survivors of the Sunderland in various museums around the world.
The book has a large appendices and bibliography. This is followed by 13 color profiles of the Sunderland and one of the Shetland. 11 are in RAF markings and 1 is in Civil marks. One is shown in Uruguayan Airlines markings.
This book will prove to be of much interest to enthusiasts and modelers. Highly recommended.