Fabulous Flying Boats

A History of the World's Passenger Flying Boats

Leslie Dawson

Date Published :
September 2013
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
130 photographs, including maps and posters
Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781781591093
Pages : 256
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : Out of stock
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The history of the development and operations of flying boats in the early twentieth century is a vibrant one, full of colorful characters and experimentation. In ‘Fabulous Flying Boats’, Leslie Dawson captures this spirit of dynamism, reminding us of the most successful early pioneers of the seaplanes development, including a little known and oft-overlooked rival to the Wright Brothers, working to put their mutual successes in context. He goes on to describe, in clear and vivid detail, and using first hand-accounts, what it was like to be aboard one of the resulting huge passenger flying boats, as air crew and as a passenger. He also recounts the part played by the military boats inevitably seconded to such use. Incredibly well researched, the narrative embraces the globetrotting air routes, from Europe to the Far East and to the Americas, and is well supported with evocative images from private and corporate collections, and the world’s aviation museums. The in-depth Appendix is virtually a book in itself. The book is sure to be a welcome addition to any Aviation enthusiast’s library as it covers a particularly important period of Aviation development, which formed a fertile environment for a host of young experimenters. The process of development continues to this day.

About The Author

Leslie Dawson was born in Southgate London. An active member of No 85 (Southgate) Squadron Air Training Corps, he first flew from Hendon, now home to the RAF Museum. A move to Dorset precluded over thirty years as a private pilot, glider and motor gliding instructor, with chief flying instructor status. He was also commissioned within the RAFVR(T). The success of his book Wings Over Dorset, a 100 year aviation history of the county, secured a series of television and radio interviews, begun with the BBC. A vice-president of Poole Flying Boats Celebration, his enthusiasm attracts packed audiences.


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