The first aircraft in Bermuda, the US Navy Curtiss Jenny floatplane #A2646 is seen here with Governor Willcocks climbing aboard for his flight in 1919 . *Photo courtesy of the National Museum of Bermuda.
The first aircraft in Bermuda, the US Navy Curtiss Jenny floatplane #A2646 is seen here with Governor Willcocks climbing aboard for his flight in 1919 . *Photo courtesy of the National Museum of Bermuda.
A new book detailing Bermuda's aviation history will be launched next month.

‘Wings Over Bermuda’ by Tom Singfield and Ewan Partridge, traces more than 100 years of our aviation history and includes a wealth of unique images and information.

Both authors will be on island for the official launch of the book on May 29 at Commissioner's House in Dockyard.

It’s been just over 100 years since Bermuda had its first brush with the world of aviation when an airship called America ditched in the sea a few hundred miles from the island.

But over the next century Bermuda has welcomed aircrafts of all shapes and sizes, as well as becoming a vital staging post for international air force operations.

The first aircraft actually arrived in Bermuda nearly a decade after the America rescue in May 1919 on board the USS Elinore.

Wings Over Bermuda has taken years of planning, scores of interviews and countless hours of meticulous research.

But Mr Singfield and Mr Partridge’s labour of love detailing 100 years of aviation history in Bermuda will go on sale for the first time next month.

It is a journey that started decades ago for the two British aviation enthusiasts as they began to trace the island’s pivotal place in Atlantic aviation history.

And the book is unique first hand account of the vital role aviation played in the island’s development from the early days of Seaplanes that landed at Darrell’s Island right up to the daily flights that come into LF Wade.

Mr Singfield, a retired air traffic controller, first visited Bermuda in 1975, with his wife, Maggi, who spend her early childhood on the island.

While Mr Partridge grew up near Gatwick Airport and went on to work in the defence and aerospace industries.

He was a frequent visitor to Bermuda in the early 1990s when there was still a US Navy Squadron operating out of Kindley.

The two authors have partnered with the Bermuda National Museum and Brimstone Media Limited in this project and hope that the book will be available in the spring of next year.