You may have seen in the press that John Haynes, creator of the famous Haynes Manuals series, died last week aged 80.
The first Haynes Manual was for the Austin Healey Sprite. Published in 1966, the first print run of 3,000 sold out in less than three months. Haynes went on to sell over 200 million manuals.
Whilst best known for its car maintenance manuals, the company branched out into other areas – including Heathrow Airport.
To quote from the PR spiel we published when the book launched:
In the Heathrow Airport Manual, author Robert Wicks has examined every element of the airport from runway construction and maintenance, to the complex airspace around London and how the airport deals with emergencies. Most importantly, the book reflects on the role Heathrow has played in the nation’s success over the past 70 years and the importance of global connections to the UK’s future.
Written with the full co-operation of Heathrow, NATS and the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the manual is the first of its kind and provides unprecedented insight and access to every aspect of the airport.
With more than 250 colour photographs and technical illustrations, this book brings together the challenges of daily operations at the world’s busiest international airport.
It may make a decent gift for the airline fanatic in your life (which is probably yourself, if we’re honest). It sells for £22.99, although Amazon has it for £18.08. There are also Haynes Manuals on Concorde, the A380 and Boeing 747.