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Pan American Clippers

Author : James Trautman
ISBN : 1554078946
Genre : History
File Size : 46. 89 MB
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"The photographs and artwork will enable readers to grasp the magnificence of the transoceanic flying boats. . . . The accurate, authoritative text will provide information that is new to all but the exceptionally well-informed aviation buff and nonspecialist historian." --Choice For a world coming out of economic depression in the 1930s, the Pan American Airways Clipper "flying boats" symbolized elegance and luxury, adventure and romance. Illustrated with rare period photographs, vintage travel posters, magazine ads and colorful company brochures, this fascinating book covers every aspect of the fabulous era of Pan American's graceful clippers. Like their maritime namesakes, the Clippers used the oceans to form a vast global network of travel routes. Pan Am founder Juan Trippe was a visionary who saw the importance of international travel to a changing world. His Clippers would play a key role in the evolution of transoceanic flight, setting time and distance records over the Atlantic and Pacific, providing airmail delivery between continents and eventually serving the Allies as troop and cargo transports during World War II. Pan Am Clippers permanently changed the world's concept of time and space by dramatically reducing travel time and opening up international air travel to the general public. This fascinating, informative and richly illustrated book brings back another time and way of life.

China Clipper

Author : Robert Gandt
ISBN : 9781612514246
Genre : History
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When the China Clipper shattered aviation records on its maiden six-day flight from California to the Orient in 1935, the flying boat became an instant celebrity. This lively history by Robert Gandt traces the development of the great flying boats as both a triumph of technology and a stirring human drama. He examines the political, military, and economic forces that drove its development and explains the aeronautical advances that made the aircraft possible. To fully document the story he includes interviews with flying boat pioneers and a dynamic collection of photographs, charts, and cutaway illustrations.

Last Of The Flying Clippers

Author : M. D. Klaás
ISBN : 076430562X
Genre : History
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Finally, over 50 years after her last flight with Pan American Airways, the complete story of the famed, Boeing-built, B-314 flying Clipper ship has been written. M D Klaás, historian and writer of Pan Am's early flying boat era during the 1930s and 1940s, has put together historical accounts of America's greatest -- and the world's largest -- commercial airplane of the 1930s and early 1940s. It covers the multiple reasons for the plane's conception, stages of construction, testing, delivery flights, christenings, inaugural operations, established records, World War II special missions' histories, post-war services and the individual demise accounts surrounding each of the twelve models built specifically for Pan Am. The history of sales to and operations with British Overseas Airways (B.O.A.C.) -- now British Airways -- is also included in in-depth coverage.

Wings To The Orient

Author : Stan Cohen
ISBN : 0933126611
Genre : Business & Economics
File Size : 27. 46 MB
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Pan Am

Author : Lynn M. Homan
ISBN : 0738505528
Genre : History
File Size : 29. 49 MB
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Pan American World Airways could be considered a corporate Cinderella--a rags-to-riches-and-back-again phenomenon. From its founding in 1927 and its relatively obscure inauguration as a mail carrier on a 90-mile mail run from Florida's Key West to Cuba, Pan Am's route system grew to span the globe. The company that would eventually become famous for its blue-and-white-world logo grew into a conglomerate of hotels, airlines, business jets, real estate, a helicopter service, and even a guided missiles range division. But financial problems plagued Pan Am in its last two decades, and in 1991, Pan American World Airways ceased flying after 64 years of service. The story of Pan Am is as much the story of president Juan T. Trippe as it is an account of airplanes, pilots, flight attendants, and glamorous destinations. As the company moved throughout the world building airfields from jungles, crossing oceans, and forcing the development of new airplanes, it was Trippe's airline and his vision. A global pioneer, Pan Am was the first airline to use radio communications, to employ cabin attendants and serve meals aloft, and to complete an around-the-world flight. The company's achievements were legendary, but its failures, tragedies, and disasters were also part of a complex corporate life.

China S Wings

Author : Gregory Crouch
ISBN : 9780345532350
Genre : History
File Size : 40. 65 MB
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From the acclaimed author of Enduring Patagonia comes a dazzling tale of aerial adventure set against the roiling backdrop of war in Asia. The incredible real-life saga of the flying band of brothers who opened the skies over China in the years leading up to World War II—and boldly safeguarded them during that conflict—China’s Wings is one of the most exhilarating untold chapters in the annals of flight. At the center of the maelstrom is the book’s courtly, laconic protagonist, American aviation executive William Langhorne Bond. In search of adventure, he arrives in Nationalist China in 1931, charged with turning around the turbulent nation’s flagging airline business, the China National Aviation Corporation (CNAC). The mission will take him to the wild and lawless frontiers of commercial aviation: into cockpits with daredevil pilots flying—sometimes literally—on a wing and a prayer; into the dangerous maze of Chinese politics, where scheming warlords and volatile military officers jockey for advantage; and into the boardrooms, backrooms, and corridors of power inhabited by such outsized figures as Generalissimo and Madame Chiang Kai-shek; President Franklin Delano Roosevelt; foreign minister T. V. Soong; Generals Arnold, Stilwell, and Marshall; and legendary Pan American Airways founder Juan Trippe. With the outbreak of full-scale war in 1941, Bond and CNAC are transformed from uneasy spectators to active participants in the struggle against Axis imperialism. Drawing on meticulous research, primary sources, and extensive personal interviews with participants, Gregory Crouch offers harrowing accounts of brutal bombing runs and heroic evacuations, as the fight to keep one airline flying becomes part of the larger struggle for China’s survival. He plunges us into a world of perilous night flights, emergency water landings, and the constant threat of predatory Japanese warplanes. When Japanese forces capture Burma and blockade China’s only overland supply route, Bond and his pilots must battle shortages of airplanes, personnel, and spare parts to airlift supplies over an untried five-hundred-mile-long aerial gauntlet high above the Himalayas—the infamous “Hump”—pioneering one of the most celebrated endeavors in aviation history. A hero’s-eye view of history in the grand tradition of Lynne Olson’s Citizens of London, China’s Wings takes readers on a mesmerizing journey to a time and place that reshaped the modern world.

Wings Over Water

Author : David Oliver
ISBN : 0785810439
Genre : Amphibian planes
File Size : 26. 4 MB
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Wings over Water is a stunning showcase celebrating the role of flying boats, seaplanes, and amphibians. It is packed with informative features, aircraft biographies and specifications, and cutaway illustrations. Seaplanes and amphibians are photographed in their wartime roles, and as peacetime rescue vessels.

The Schneider Trophy Seaplanes And Flying Boats

Author : Ralph Pegram
ISBN : 1781551790
Genre : History
File Size : 59. 61 MB
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Timed to coincide with the one hundredth anniversary of the Schneider Trophy, this book is a history of over one hundred different aircraft that contested the trophy between 1913 and 1931. The book includes amazing drawings and photographs of the aircraft that have never been seen before.

Pan American S Pacific Pioneers

Author : Jon E. Krupnick
ISBN : 1575100274
Genre : Air mail service
File Size : 81. 68 MB
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The Long Way Home Revised Edition

Author : MR Ed Dover
ISBN : 061521472X
Genre : Transportation
File Size : 56. 93 MB
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"...the story of the Pacific Clipper, a B-314 caught between Noumea, New Caledonia and Auckland, New Zealand at the outbreak of World War II and ordered to return home by flying west around the world in radio silence to avoid capture or destruction by enemy forces."--P. [4] of cover.

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