Aerocar A Portsmouth venture, embraced by an Indian Maharajah 9781912821181 Against the backdrop of war and the break-up of the British Empire, this book explores how a team of British entrepreneurs battled to develop a commercially viable aircraft for the post-war years.

Lionel Balfour and his colleague, Francis Luxmoore, sought to develop a radical aeroplane to challenge the cumbersome  pre-war aircraft that were available in the 1930s. With convenience and comfort in mind, the Aerocar prototype G-AGTG was tested and orders started rolling in. All they needed to do was finance it. Using previously unseen documents, and notes from his father’s archives, Christopher Balfour tells the story of this very British endeavour. available at the Aviation bookshop and also available on amazon


Incipient privilege followed by a tangled upbringing stimulated constant questioning. This has hopefully led to a little understanding. 7 Balfour brothers from Fife who travelled the World after 1850 and other relatives. Artists. Engineers. Entrepreneurs. Merchants. Musicians. Pacifist. Philosophers. Politician.Sailors. Soldiers. Suffragette.


  • Meon Valley war and death. Isle of Wight, Petersfield and Portsmouth ventures.
  • Getting over Eton. Engineering or Establishment?
  • Class and school divisions. Considerate or coercive welfare. Less inequality.
  • Value of face to face Career and Employment Service later privatised.
  • The idea of an Unconditional Basic Income for all citizens.
  • Importance of Politics. Party difficulties. Conservative ‘One Nation’ Policies in the 1970’s
  • Accepting Mercedes, etc, and the loss of the British owned industry. The price for defeating Hitler Afghanistan and Libya sixty years ago. Then peaceful countries.

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