Linden Hill's production line has been somewhat quiet of late but that is due to change as summer approaches. I decided on a change of subject matter for our next releases and I'm also getting into book publishing.
In addition to aviation, I have always had a fascination with polar exploration and the extreme hardships humans would be prepared to endure in order to 'conquer' this planet's icy wastes.
When Special Hobby finally released their long overdue Sunderland GR. 5 kit last year, my thoughts turned immediately to the role these old flying boats played in supplying the British North Greenland Expedition (BNGE) in the early 1950s. It was when I started to dig out old references from my library that I realized that while a few articles had been published in the 1970s about the RAF's activities in Greenland, no single book dedicated to the subject matter had ever been published.
In addition to creating decals for some notable 'Arctic Sunderlands' I resolved to fill that literary gap and thus was born 'Airlift to the Top of the World'!
The decals are printed and set LHD72039 is all ready for release, however I have decided to delay release until the book is printed. The layout is now over 50% complete and, barring any unforeseen hurdles, I hope it will be printed in the next month or so. The book itself will be published in the US as Linden Hill is based here but it is written in British English! It will be printed in Canada and I will make sure it's widely available in the UK and continental Europe. I received a lot of help from generous sources in the UK and Denmark in completing it.
In the meantime and by way of a sneak peak, here's the blurb on the back cover of the book:
"By 1950 it had been almost forty years since a publicly funded British polar expedition had been attempted. In contrast to the days of Scott and Shackleton, it was now possible to support such a venture with both motor and air transport. The British North Greenland Expedition (BNGE), a combined scientific and military venture to a remote region within 800 miles of the North Pole and headed by a Royal Navy Lieutenant-Commander, would not have been possible without the support of military aviation, mostly in the shape of the Royal Air Force’s Coastal and Transport Commands.
This book examines the origins of the Expedition and for the first time tells the full story of the role played by the RAF in transporting the BNGE northwards, supplying it, supporting its scientific research work, and bringing it safely home. It is a story that includes both potential and actual calamities and details missions flown by the RAF in some of the world’s most extreme climatic conditions."