Author Jim is outselling big names with his books on planes

Jim Longworth with his book
Jim Longworth with his book

A series of books on aviation history is flying off the shelves and outselling big-name stars at a local bookshop.

The books by aviation historian, Jim Longworth of Grimsargh, containing remarkable stories of BAE Warton test pilots ditching in the sea and surviving against incredible odds when testing innovative machines, are currently outselling the nation’s most beloved TV stars such as David Jason and David Walliams at the Preston branch of Waterstones and Jim couldn’t be happier.

He said: “It’s remarkable.

“We knew the sales were going well because we keep in touch with Waterstones but to hear they’re outselling those people is incredible. It looks like I’ll have to take up some more boxes to the shop.”

Volumes one and two of Test Flying in Lancashire are currently eighth and ninth in the bookshop’s bestseller chart, beating celebrity chef Nigel Slater into tenth place.

Retiree Jim has had a lifelong interest in aviation and is a member of the BAE Systems Heritage Department, which allowed him plenty of opportunities to research the books.

He said: “We expected the books to be of interest in the area because BAE employ thousands of people in the Lancashire but the level of interest they have generated is certainly very pleasing.

“The third volume, looking at the 1960’s up to the present day is due out next Summer so we will just have to see how that one goes.”

The books are also available from Plackitt & Booth, Lytham and SilverDell on Poulton Street, Kirkham,

The book is priced at £15 with profits to local charities.