A NEW book charting the early days of Larkhill and its influence on First World War aviation is due to be released next month.

Flying With The Larks: The Early Aviation Pioneers Of Larkhill by Timothy C Brown is the story of the pioneers of Britain’s war in the skies and details the development of military aviation before and during the First World War.

Larkhill was the location of one of the first flying schools in Britain, where many aviation pioneers learnt to fly, and the site where important trial and development work was undertaken. It lays claim to being Britain’s first military airfield and was also home to the first British military fixed-wing aeroplane squadron.

The author served in the Fleet Air Arm for many years and became fascinated with Salisbury Plain’s aviation history when he moved to Wiltshire.

The book, published by The History Press in support of National Trust, is priced £14.99 and will be published on March 4.