(Originally published at Corrsioncorner.blogspot.com Monday October 15, 2012) © M.D. Ely 2012
Book Title: Sky Truck
Author: Stephen Piercey
Published: 1984 by Osprey Publishing Limited, London
I’ve had this book in my library for over 25 years now. I’ve read and looked at the pictures over and over again and never wrote a review so here it is. This book, though the one I have is paperback, is more of the coffee table variety of picture books. It is a great book of photographs. Sadly, by now most of the aircraft that grace its pages are long since gone either to a museum or the scrapper’s guillotine.
Stephen Piercey himself is gone. On May 20, 1984 shortly before this book was published, he was killed along with another Flight International employee when their Aztec was involved in a mid-air collision. It is evident that Stephen had a great deal of passion for his subject.
The book has a lot of pictures of airplanes at Corrosion Corner but it also has them from elsewhere in the world. Stephen was so enthusiastic about his subject that he traveled the world into some very remote regions to photograph and document them. If he had lived longer than his 27 years I suspect that we would have an much larger inventory of photos and that some of these airplanes would still be flying.
This is a book to just sit back and relax while leafing through its pages and letting the images themselves write the story. The story is of a romantic often difficult life that these old propliners lived. How much has been lost to us without them?
I give the book 5 stars.