Today, Gulf airlines are major international players, and Arab air forces are leading customers for military aircraft. But the region’s link with aviation is far from recent. History in the Arab Skies reveals the close relationship between the Middle East and flying from the earliest days of flight and analyses the decisive impact it had on the political complexion of the region. This book, colourful, and richly illustrated, tells how flying and the history of the modern Middle East are interwoven. It will have broad appeal – not least to the millions who fly to or transit the region each year.
'Gerald Butt's excellent and definitive book shows how aviation is woven into the troubles history of the modern Middle East.' - Jeremy Bowen - BBC Middle East Editor
'Often controversial, always immensely readable, this is a book full of interest and surprises.' - Alexander Frater, author of Beyond The Blue Horizon
BBC NEWS MAGAZINE - Frank McClean: Forgotten Pioneer of the Sky
February 25, 2013
Egypt these days is more intent on eradicating symbols of the past than honouring them. So there is little prospect of a largely forgotten Irishman Francis (Frank) McClean ever being hailed there for his extraordinary feat a century ago that heralded Egypt's golden age of...
ASIAN AFFAIRS - History in the Arab Skies
February 18, 2013
This is something of a family book. The journalist, Gerald Butt, writes of his childhood flights around the Middle East, where his father worked for the British Bank of the Middle East. The book is dedicated to, one surmises, his children, one of whom designed the cover, and to a newly arrived...
AVIATION BOOK REVIEWS - History in the Arab skies - Surprising, Revealing, Passion for flying.
August 15, 2012
Imagine you can teleport yourself back to the year 1922 and then imagine that you are flying over 500 miles of unending sand from Cairo to Baghdad without any landmarks to help you. Oh, yes, there are no radio beacons and you don't have any GPS, ATC, etc. How do you do that? Simple! You just...
THE MIDDLE EAST - History in the Arab Skies
January 01, 2012
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...
GULF TODAY - Flight to progress
November 18, 2011
The citizens of the world take air travel for granted. Businessmen and women, families, school and university pupils, tourists, shoppers attending festivals take to the air as a matter of routine and right. Flight has both shrunk the globe and linked its peoples in multiple webs spun by...
CYPRUS WEEKLY - Taking to the skies
November 18, 2011
Book by British journalist takes a look at aviation history in Middle East.
Cyprus had served as an escape for people working in Iraq and the Gulf as early as 1832, a newly published book shows.
"So that's an interesting precursor of the role that...
THE IRISH TIMES - An Irishman's Diary
May 24, 2011
As evening shadows were beginning to lengthen over the British empire towards the middle of the last century, Egypt continued to bask in imperial sunshine.
While never formally a colony itself, Egypt was the main stepping stone to and from distant British outposts.
Ramez Farid Yaghnam (Amazon Review) November 02, 2012
I saw the book by chance in a bookshop in Amman and thought that the other books available on this subject -rare as they are- were more into war and politics. This book was indeed different with the author having actually lived in the Middle East and experienced the Arab culture. The information is very well researched. Truly a very interesting, enjoyable and enlightening book full of information and interesting facts that I probably wouldn't have gotten from anywhere else.