RAY STURTIVANT - AVIATION HISTORIAN

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  GIFTS OF WAR

  FAA FIXED WING A/CRAFT

  SPITFIRE INTERNATIONAL

  SOPWITH PUP

  UK TEST ACCIDENTS

  THE DH4/DH9 FILE

  FAA UNITS & SHIPS

  MILITARY TRAINING

  THE ANSON FILE

  THE CAMEL FILE

  FAA AIRCRAFT 39-45

  FAIREY PHOTOGRAPHS

  RN INSTRUCTIONAL

  BRITISH NAVAL AVIATION

  FLEET AIR ARM 20-39

  RAF TRAINING UNITS

  BRITISH R&D AIRCRAFT

  PROTOTYPE AIRCRAFT

  THE SE5 FILE

  RN SERIALS & UNITS 11-19

  RAF J1-J9999

  SQUADRONS FAA

  THE SWORDFISH STORY

  FLEET AIR ARM AT WAR

  THE HOVERFLY FILE

 

Click a title for full details:-


  GIFTS OF WAR

  FAA FIXED WING A/CRAFT

  SPITFIRE INTERNATIONAL

  SOPWITH PUP

  UK TEST ACCIDENTS

  THE DH4/DH9 FILE

  FAA UNITS & SHIPS

  MILITARY TRAINING

  THE ANSON FILE

  THE CAMEL FILE

  FAA AIRCRAFT 39-45

  FAIREY PHOTOGRAPHS

  RN INSTRUCTIONAL

  BRITISH NAVAL AVIATION

  FLEET AIR ARM 20-39

  RAF TRAINING UNITS

  BRITISH R&D AIRCRAFT

  PROTOTYPE AIRCRAFT

  THE SE5 FILE

  RN SERIALS & UNITS 11-19

  RAF J1-J9999

  SQUADRONS FAA

  THE SWORDFISH STORY

  FLEET AIR ARM AT WAR

  THE HOVERFLY FILE

  Click a title for full details:-


  GIFTS OF WAR

  FAA FIXED WING A/CRAFT

  SPITFIRE INTERNATIONAL

  SOPWITH PUP

  UK TEST ACCIDENTS

  THE DH4/DH9 FILE

  FAA UNITS & SHIPS

  MILITARY TRAINING

  THE ANSON FILE

  THE CAMEL FILE

  FAA AIRCRAFT 39-45

  FAIREY PHOTOGRAPHS

  RN INSTRUCTIONAL

  BRITISH NAVAL AVIATION

  FLEET AIR ARM 20-39

  RAF TRAINING UNITS

  BRITISH R&D AIRCRAFT

  PROTOTYPE AIRCRAFT

  THE SE5 FILE

  RN SERIALS & UNITS 11-19

  RAF J1-J9999

  SQUADRONS FAA

  THE SWORDFISH STORY

  FLEET AIR ARM AT WAR

  THE HOVERFLY FILE

  Click a title for full details:-


  GIFTS OF WAR

  FAA FIXED WING A/CRAFT

  SPITFIRE INTERNATIONAL

  SOPWITH PUP

  UK TEST ACCIDENTS

  THE DH4/DH9 FILE

  FAA UNITS & SHIPS

  MILITARY TRAINING

  THE ANSON FILE

  THE CAMEL FILE

  FAA AIRCRAFT 39-45

  FAIREY PHOTOGRAPHS

  RN INSTRUCTIONAL

  BRITISH NAVAL AVIATION

  FLEET AIR ARM 20-39

  RAF TRAINING UNITS

  BRITISH R&D AIRCRAFT

  PROTOTYPE AIRCRAFT

  THE SE5 FILE

  RN SERIALS & UNITS 11-19

  RAF J1-J9999

  SQUADRONS FAA

  THE SWORDFISH STORY

  FLEET AIR ARM AT WAR

  THE HOVERFLY FILE

  Click a title for full details:-


  GIFTS OF WAR

  FAA FIXED WING A/CRAFT

  SPITFIRE INTERNATIONAL

  SOPWITH PUP

  UK TEST ACCIDENTS

  THE DH4/DH9 FILE

  FAA UNITS & SHIPS

  MILITARY TRAINING

  THE ANSON FILE

  THE CAMEL FILE

  FAA AIRCRAFT 39-45

  FAIREY PHOTOGRAPHS

  RN INSTRUCTIONAL

  BRITISH NAVAL AVIATION

  FLEET AIR ARM 20-39

  RAF TRAINING UNITS

  BRITISH R&D AIRCRAFT

  PROTOTYPE AIRCRAFT

  THE SE5 FILE

  RN SERIALS & UNITS 11-19

  RAF J1-J9999

  SQUADRONS FAA

  THE SWORDFISH STORY

  FLEET AIR ARM AT WAR

  THE HOVERFLY FILE

 

RAY STURTIVANT
AIR HISTORIAN

I am deeply saddened to report that Ray Sturtivant passed away peacefully on the 9th August 2008 after a short illness, he was 82. He will be greatly missed by family, friends and aviation enthusiasts. His Obituary was published in the Guardian and is available here.

Welcome to the website of one of the worlds leading Aviation Authors. Ray has been writing books and magazine articles for over 40 years! Below is a pictorial list of Ray's major books, click any book or comment for a large picture, description of the book, and full details (publisher, ISBN etc.).






Ray Sturtivant ISO ready for action before his flight in the Naval Historical Flight Fairey Swordfish
Click the photo above to see Ray aboard the Royal Naval Historical Flight Fairey Swordfish



GIFTS OF WAR
Presentation Aircraft in Two World Wars by Henry Boot and Ray Sturtivant

Gifts of War

for more information on "Gifts of War"


FLEET AIR ARM FIXED WING AIRCRAFT

Fixed Wing Aircraft

for more information on "Fleet Air Arm Fixed Wing Aircraft"


SPITFIRE INTERNATIONAL

Spitfire International

for more information on "Spitfire International"


The Sopwith Pup

Sopwith Pup

for more information on "The Sopwith Pup"


U.K. Flight Testing Accidents 1940 - 1971

U.K. Flight Testing Accidents 1940 - 1971

for more information on "U.K. Flight Testing Accidents 1940 - 1971"


The D.H.4/D.H.9 File

The D.H.4/D.H.9 File

for more information on "The D.H.4/D.H.9 File"


Fleet Air Arm Aircraft, Units and Ships 1920 to 1939

Fleet Air Arm Aircraft, Units and Ships 1920 to 1939

for more information on "Fleet Air Arm Aircraft, Units and Ships 1920 to 1939"


The History of Britains Military Training Aircraft

The History of Britains Military Training Aircraft

for more information on "The History of Britains Military Training Aircraft"


The Anson File

The Anson File

for more information on "The Anson File"


The Camel File

The Camel File

for more information on "The Camel File"


Fleet Air Arm Aircraft 1939-1945

Fleet Air Arm Aircraft 1939-1945

for more information on "Fleet Air Arm Aircraft 1939-1945"


Fairey Aircraft in Old Photographs

Fairey Aircraft in Old Photographs

for more information on "Fairey Aircraft"


Royal Navy Instructional Airframes

Royal Navy Instructional Airframes

for more information on "Royal Navy Instructional Airframes"


British Naval Aviation
The Fleet Air Arm 1917-1990

British Naval Aviation - The Fleet Air Arm 1917-1990

for more information on "British Naval Aviation"


Fleet Air Arm 1920-1939

Fleet Air Arm 1920-1939

for more information on "Fleet Air Arm 1920-1939"


Royal Airforce Flying Training and Support Units

Royal Airforce Flying Training and Support Units

for more information on "Royal Airforce Flying Training and Support Units"


British Research and Development Aircraft
(Original title)

British Research and Development Aircraft

British Prototype Aircraft
(Republished title)

British Prototype Aircraft

for more information on "British Prototype Aircraft"


The SE5 File

The SE5 File

for more information on "The SE5 File"


Royal Navy Aircraft Serials and Units 1911-1919

Royal Navy Aircraft Serials and Units 1911-1919

for more information on "Royal Navy Aircraft Serials and Units 1911-1919"


Royal Air Force Aircraft J1 - J9999

and WW1 survivors

Royal Air Force Aircraft J1 - J9999 and WW1 survivors

for more information on "Royal Air Force Aircraft J1 - J9999"


The Squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm

The Squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm

for more information on "The Squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm"


The Swordfish Story

The Swordfish Story (Reprinted by Arms and Armour) The Swordfish Story

for more information on "The Swordfish Story"


The Fleet Air Arm at War

The Fleet Air Arm at War

for more information on "The Fleet Air Arm at War"


The Hoverfly File

The Hoverfly File

for more information on "The Hoverfly File"




for more information on "The Fairey Battle" by Sidney Shale


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for information on BUYING BOOKS


Ray Sturtivant
Ray Sturtivant ISO

Ray Sturtivant's interest in aviation stems from his boyhood visits to watch the bombers and trainers at the many wartime airfields within cycling distance of his Nottinghamshire home.

Ray's National Service was spent in India with the RAF.

Early in his career as a civil servant, from which he retired in 1986 as Establishment Officer to the Family Division at Somerset House (after being honoured with the Imperial Service Order - ISO), he discovered a talent for searching out and assembling facts and figures, an ability he developed in researching the aircraft and units of the RAF and Fleet Air Arm.

Over nearly half a century he has written countless articles on various aviation topics, his long-running series 'Problem Pictures' in Aviation News magazine having given him a deserved reputation for being able to find the answers to the most obscure questions and expressing them in logical and readable form. Certainly, his persistence in this field has resulted in much historical information being pieced together which would otherwise have been lost to posterity.

In addition to this and to contributing to books by other authors, Ray has written a number of books of his own. His preference is to deal in great depth with subjects that require considerable research, and which, therefore, are seldom investigated by others. He has a particular interest in the Fleet Air Arm, on whose aircraft and squadrons he is accepted as the leading authority.

In recent years his efforts have been almost entirely devoted to producing and editing military aviation books for the aviation society Air-Britain of which he has been an active member since its inception in 1948, and a committee member and director for a number of years. He is also co-editor of its 'Aeromilitaria' magazine.



Above is a pictorial list of Ray's major books, click any book or comment for a large picture, description of the book, and full details (publisher, ISBN etc.).



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