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Airliners of the 1990's

Product code:  20232AVI
The 1990s brought with it many important developments for the aviation world. The early jetliners found themselves hauling cargo, and the new wide-bodies became the normal mode of passenger transport for long-haul travel, along with the creation of a whole new generation of types for short-haul. With over 300 colour photographs and informative captions, this book reflects the many ways in which the industry changed during the 1990s. Taking the reader on a visual journey, this book explores some ...

Pioneering Spirit - The Story of Air France and Predecessors

Product code:  50191AVI
Now one of the world’s leading airlines, Air France had its origins in the major restructuring of the French air transport industry through the merger of Air-Orient, Air Union, Société Générale de Transports Aérien (SGTA) and Compagnie Internationale de Navigation Aérienne (CIDNA), which became the Société Central pour l’Exploitation de Lignes Aériennes (SCELA). This was renamed Air France on 30 August 1933, following the takeover of the assets of the bankrupt Aéropostale. The above airlines the...

Boeing 747 - 50 Years of an Aviation Icon

Product code:  58528AVI
Lavishly illustrated and meticulously researched, aviation specialist Ingo Bauernfeind new Boeing 747 history celebrates more than half a century of an enduring aviation icon that has changed commercial aviation since its maiden flight in 1969. With personal accounts written by former pilots and crew members, it covers the aircraft’s early history and development, its ground breaking technology and systems, its remarkable and distinguished commercial career and the numerous variants that have ex...

The Schneider Trophy Air Races: The Development of Flight from 1909 to the Spitfire

Product code:  70011AVI
When Jacques Schneider devised and inaugurated the Coupe d'Aviation Maritime race for seaplanes in 1913, no-one could have predicted the profound effect the Series would have on aircraft design and aeronautical development, not to mention world history. Howard Pixton's 1914 victory in a Sopwith Tabloid biplane surprisingly surpassed the performance of monoplanes and other manufacturers turned back to biplanes. During The Great War aerial combat was almost entirely conducted by biplanes, with the...

Driving Force - The History of Sabena Belgian Airlines and Predecessor

Product code:  74447AVI
Unusually, the beginnings and early development of Belgian aviation was not to be found in Europe, but in its colony in Central Africa, where Société Anonyme Belge d’Exploitation de la Navigation Aérienne, always known as Sabena, went on to establish an extensive network of scheduled services within the Belgian Congo, and also inaugurated the Ligne impériale between Belgium and the Congo. A limited European network was also flown, as was a North American service after the World War Two. The loss...

Avro 748

Product code:  70874AVI
The 748 was a highly successful commercial airliner, that since the 1960s had been responsible for opening new air routes in many corners of the world. In the early days, the 748 proved its worth worldwide, operating on dirt airstrips and at high elevations and temperatures. Spanning a period of almost 30 years, this book illustrates some of the operators of the type, from the Series 1 to the Series 2B. Illustrated with over 100 photographs, many of which have not previously been in the public d...

Air Atlantique

Product code:  93163AVI
In 1976 a Jersey-based air taxi operator purchased two elderly Dakota aircraft for cargo charters as Air Atlantique. Thus began the saga of an airline that would eventually operate one of the largest fleets of Dakotas in the world, acquire four-engined vintage propliners, diversify into passenger charters and pleasure flying and oil-spill response work, and take over the lease on its Coventry Airport base. From here a fleet of historic aircraft sallied forth to participate in air shows around th...

Farnborough's Military Heritage

Product code:  01616AVI
For centuries Farnborough was a small town south-west of London, but today it has transformed into a large, vibrant commercial community, synonymous worldwide with the international air show, which it has hosted since 1949, and the home of military aviation. However, the real origins of Farnborough's military heritage lie not with aviation but with the arrival of the army in 1856 and the building of a new barrack complex in South Farnborough, called North Camp. The army's presence was further ex...

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...