Ron Smith is a British aeronautical engineer, author, photographer and historian. His has written a five volume history of the British aircraft industry British Built Aircraft, Cessna 172: A Pocket History, and Piper Cherokee: A Family History. A joint aviation memoir Two Up has also been published relating Ron? joint experiences with his twin brother Jim, a number of whose photographs are also included in this work.
Ron has worked on helicopter preliminary design, previously chairing the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) Rotorcraft Committee and serving on the American Helicopter Society Technical Council. He is also a Fellow of the RAeS and a member of the Vintage Aircraft Club.
He has a near-fifty year collection of aviation photographs and a UK pilot license. He has owned five different light aircraft and brings a wealth of knowledge to his subject.

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