Norman Macmillan (RAF officer)
9 August 1892|
|Died||5 August 1976(aged 83)|
|Service/branch||Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
|Awards||Officer of the Order of the British Empire, Military Cross, Air Force Cross|
|Other work||Deputy Lieutenant and author|
He served during World War I on the Western Front in 1917–18 with the RFC and RAF, flying Sopwith 1½ Strutter and Sopwith Camel aircraft, becoming an ace by claiming eleven victories and being credited with nine. He would write about these experiences in his book Into the Blue.
He took part in the 1923 Lympne light aircraft trials, demonstrating the Parnall Pixie aircraft. During the early 1920s, Macmillan, like several others acted as free-lance test pilots, unattached to particular companies. He took five Parnall aircraft on their first flights.
He flew Fairey aircraft from 1921 as a free-lance, joining them full-time early in 1925 as chief test pilot and staying with them until the end of 1930. He then became chief consultant test pilot to Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft.
He wrote numerous books on aviation, including a series detailing history of the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. Despite being partly written during the war they are remarkably detailed and accurate.
He remained attached to the army, before transferring to the air force in 1946.
- 1928: The Art of Flying
- 1929: Into the Blue ISBN 0-4050-3773-2
- 1929: The Air Travellers' Guide to Europe
- 1931: An Hour of Aviation
- 1935: The Romance of Flight
- 1935: Sir Sefton Brancker
- 1936: The Romance of Modern Exploration and Discovery
- 1937: Freelance Pilot
- 1938: The Chosen Instrument
- 1939: How We Fly (Edited)
- 1941: Best Flying Stories (Edited)
- 1942: The Air Cadet's Handbook on How to Pilot an Aeroplane
- 1942: The Pilot's Book on Advanced Flying
- 1942: Royal Air Force in the World War, Volume 1 1919 – 1940 ; Aftermath of War, Prelude to the Blitzkrieg, the Campaign in Norway
- 1944: Royal Air Force in the World War, Volume 2 1940 – 1941 ; The Battles of Holland, Belgium and France, the Battle of Britain
- 1949: Royal Air Force in the World War, Volume 3 1940 – 1945 ; The Battles of North Africa, Mediterranean, Sicily, Italy, Middle East and Eastern Africa
- 1950: Royal Air Force in the World War, Volume 4 1940 – 1945 ; The Bomber Offensive, the Battle of the Atlantic, Battles in Europe 1944, Battles in the Far East
- 1950: Where Shall We Go? (Edited)
- 1955: Great Airman
- 1960: Great Aircraft
- 1963: Tales of Two Air Wars
- 1964: Great Flights and Air Adventures, From Balloons to Spacecraft
- 1967: Wings of Fate – Strange True Tales of the Vintage Flying Days ISBN 0-7135-0692-X
- 1973: Offensive Patrol: The Story of the RNAS, RFC and RAF in Italy, 1917-18 ISBN 0-0911-6180-0
||This article uses bare URLs for citations, which may be threatened by link rot. (May 2014)|
- Aerodrome profile: Norman Macmillan
- Taylor 1974, pp. 87–9
- Wixey1990, pp. 117
- Wixey1990, pp. 97, 104, 107, 105, 122
- Taylor 1974, pp. 91
- Taylor 1974, pp. 15
- Taylor, H.O. (1974). Fairey Aircraft since 1915. London: Putnam Publishing. ISBN 0-370-00065-X.
- Wixey, Kenneth (1990). Parnall Aircraft since 1914. Annopolis: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-55750-930-1.
- Obituary, The Digital Times, 11 August 1976
- The World-Flight Expedition of 1923, The Frontiersmen Historian
- The Great War Interviews: Norman Macmillan, BBC video interview recorded in 1963, published 10 March 2014