The 'Secret' World of Vickers Guided Weapons

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History Press, 30 мая 2012 г. - Всего страниц: 160
Based on the author's own involvement as an engineer at the company through the 1950s and early 1960s and on more recent research of the archives at Brooklands Museum and the PRO, this book explains the successes and failures of leading-edge developments at Vickers, in the early days of guided weapons. John Forbat explains missile and avionics systems and trials, with diagrams and photographs, and tells the story of the company and its individuals. Projects covered in depth include Red Rapier, Blue Boar, Red Dean and Vigilant anti-tank missile, of which the author has first-hand experience as he started working for Vickers as a graduate apprentice assembling airplanes and soon graduated into Special Projects where he was responsible for many of the trials.

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John Forbat was an immigrant to London from Hungary, at the age of seven. After qualifying as an aeronautical engineer, his professional life started with big companies in the aircraft and avionics industries and in the electronics industry. Those years involved highly capital and development oriented businesses, giving him the experience of how large companies are managed - and mismanaged. It also enabled him to experience the extent to which entrepreneurship can be stifled, by excessively corporatist attitudes in business. He then moved into a number of highly entrepreneurial businesses encompassing products, product innovation and services worldwide, where it became necessary to achieve the impossible - at least according to the textbooks. His successes - and few failures - taught him where the essentials of entrepreneurship lie and what the defining characteristics of entrepreneurs are. During World War, II he was probably London's youngest Fireguard. At sixteen he learned to fly gliders entirely solo and later gained a Private Pilot's Licence. He learned and practiced leadership skills as a Scout and as a Scout Leader and was also a keen sailor, skippering an open whaler from London to Calais and back with a crew of teenagers. He recently returned after living in the USA for over 20 years - and does not like taking "It's impossible" for an answer.

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