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Boeing 707 Boeing’s First Jetliner

Product code:  70898AVI
This book provides a fascinating portfolio of images depicting a wide range of Boeing 707 variants in service around the world, in passenger, cargo and military use, showcasing many of the aircraft’s diverse and colourful liveries.

The Constellation - Lockheed's Graceful Masterpiece

Product code:  16143AVI
The birth and history of what is often described as the most beautiful and graceful airliner of the piston-engine age - The Constellation by Lockheed.

Lockheed Constellation: A History

Product code:  58866AVI
Clarence 'Kelly' Johnson design for the Lockheed Constellation, known affectionately as the Connie, produced one of the worlds most iconic airliners. Lockheed had been working on the L-044 Excalibur, a four-engine, pressurised airliner, since 1937. In 1939, Trans World Airlines, at the instigation of major stockholder Howard Hughes, requested a 40-passenger transcontinental aircraft with a range of 3,500 miles, well beyond the capabilities of the Excalibur design. TWA's requirements led to the L...

Scotish Aviation Pioneers - Scotland's STOL Specialists

Product code:  05448AVI
Written by arguably the leading expert on these two types, Scottish Aviation Pioneers chronicles the development, production, and military and civil use of both types of aircraft. Best known for their impressive short take-off and landing capabilities and their docile handling qualities which enabled them to operate in some of the most challenging locations throughout the world. The single engine Pioneer was capable of operating into very short, rough airstrips and was cheaper to fly than helico...

Boeing Metamorphosis: Launching the 737 and 747 - 1965-69

Product code:  61623AVI
A unique insider look at the profound changes Boeing experienced in the 1960s as the product mix shifted from military hardware to the first generation of jet-powered airliners. The requirement for more factory space was fueled by new models and a surging worldwide demand for air travel. Massive construction projects were launched, including a newly constructed 747-sized factory on 760 acres at Paine Field in Everett, Washington. These cathedrals of airframe assembly remain vital to Boeing's on...

Britain's Aircraft Industry: Triumphs and Tragedies since 1909

Product code:  09426AVI
Britain established the world’s first aircraft factory in 1909 after the Short brothers met up with the American Wright brothers and struck a deal. The industry expanded rapidly to rise to the challenge of World War One with such thoroughbreds as the Camel and the SE.5. The post-conflict slump proved to be difficult but classics such as the Moths, the Hart family and the Gladiator maintained Britain’s leadership. Another war loomed and iconic types such as the Hurricane, Lancaster, Mosquito, Spi...

Rohrbach – German All-Metal Aircraft Pioneer

Product code:  50115AVI
German aircraft designer Adolf Rohrbach realised before others that the future in aircraft design lay in metal, rather than wood and canvas. His firm quickly grew to become one of the largest aircraft producers in Germany. His designs were pioneering, and he invented several features that are common in aircraft today, but although Rohrbach aircraft, especially the flying-boats, were successful and set world records, they were commercial failures. On the other hand, the Rohrbach Roland landplane...

Soviet-Era Airliners

Product code:  70621AVI
When the Soviet Union fell in December 1991, there were close to 3,500 assorted Soviet-built airliners that could be deemed operational, the vast majority of which flew for Aeroflot. However, today they have almost all disappeared. This book follows the fortunes of the great Soviet airliners over the last three decades and looks at what happened to this immense fleet of Antonovs, Ilyushins, Tupolevs and Yaks. Illustrated with 220 photographs, most of which have never been published before, and s...

Garuda Indonesia

Product code:  70584AVI
On 26 January 1949, Garuda Indonesia was officially established as Indonesia’s government-owned flag carrier. To begin with, the airline focused on domestic and regional travel. However, in 1984, a massive reorganization led to Garuda offering international flights, which required the modernization of the entire fleet. Over the years, the airline has faced many challenges.

Classic Gatwick Jetliners

Product code:  94248AVI
Gatwick very first jetliner touched down on 16 November 1958, and over the next fifty years the airport grew to become Britains second busiest airport, as well as the busiest single-runway airport in the world. Classic Gatwick Jetliners is the much-awaited follow-up to Classic Gatwick Propliners, with over 200 colour images alongside comprehensive captions that describe the early jetliner visits through to the bustling years of the late 1980s. Featuring such iconic liners as the de Havilland Com...

Lost Airline Colours of Asia

Product code:  08635AVI
A look at the airlines and colour schemes worn by airlines across Asia which no longer grace our skies.

20th Century Passenger Flying Boats

Product code:  44203AVI
From Henri Fabre's first successful take off from water and landing near Marseilles, to the introduction of a hull rather than floats by American Glenn Curtiss, to the world-wide development of huge, ocean-crossing flying boats on both sides of the Atlantic - the passenger flying boat era continues to fascinate aviation enthusiasts and historians alike. Wartime necessity for paved runways to support long-range, high flying land-planes and the faster movement of airmail, overcame in peacetime the...