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The Golden Age Of Air Travel

Author : Nina Hadaway
ISBN : 9780747813477
Genre : History
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For much of the twentieth century travel by air was a luxury available only to the wealthy, and accordingly the airlines – Pan Am, BOAC, TWA, BEA and many others – offered premium services that connected far-flung parts of the world with con trails of glamour. This book looks back at the golden age, from the 1920s to the 1970s, when well-appointed airliners whisked the rich and famous around the world on holiday and on business. It evokes the chink of champagne glasses, the aroma of expensive cigars and the roar of early jet engines: the experience of air travel before package holidays and budget airlines changed flying forever. The various types of aircraft, the routes and the airports, as well as the changes undergone by the industry, are all explored here and illustrated by fascinating historical material.

Flying Boats

Author : Charles Woodley
ISBN : 9780750989725
Genre : Transportation
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Flying Boats: Air Travel in the Golden Age sets out to do justice to a time of glamorous, unhurried air travel, unrecognisable to most of today’s air travellers, but sorely missed by some. During the 1930s, long-distance air travel was the preserve of the flying boat, which transported well-heeled passengers in ocean-liner style and comfort across the oceans. But then the Second World War came, and things changed. Suddenly, landplanes were more efficient, and in abundance: long concrete runways had been constructed during the war that could be used by a new generation of large transport aircraft; and endless developments in aircraft meant they could fly faster and for further distances. Commercial flying boat services resumed, but their days would be numbered.

Wings Over The World

Author : Tom Quinn
ISBN : STANFORD:36105117962873
Genre : Transportation
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Nowadays catching a plane is as routine and unromantic as catching a bus, but back in the 1930s, before the war, civil aviation was a romantic, extraordinary world. To fly to Paris in the early 1930s you went to Croydon Aerodrome in Surrey, and caught a giant Handley-Page biplane that bounced along the grass airstrip so vigorously that seatbelts were most important of all before take-off. To fly to Africa in 1937 you went down to the docks in Southampton and boarded one of Imperial Airways' Empire flying-boats, which took you on a five-day aerial voyage to Durban via overnight stays at luxury hotels and refuelling stops on remote African rivers and lakes that had to be cleared of hippos and crocodiles before touchdown. When you crossed the Atlantic in wartime on a giant Boeing flying boat the navigator was poking his head out of a hatch and plotting your course by the stars. to ten veterans of this golden age of civil aviation: pilots, navigators, stewardesses and station commanders, all in their late 70s, 80s and even 90s, and records their reminiscences - of flying with Alan Cobham, of silver-service meals above the African bush, of booming radial engines, terrible turbulence and true seat-of-the-pants flying. Drawing on beautiful period posters and advertising, and nostalgic black and white archive photography, this book is both a work of nostalgia and a piece of social history right on the edge of living memory.

Up Up And Astray

Author : Jim Spaeth
ISBN : 099902843X
Genre : Aeronautics, Commercial
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Jim, an only child, has always been a restless soul. At the age of six his dad died unexpectedly. He was left in the care of a stern Catholic mother and grandmother at home, and strict nuns at school. His curious, rambunctious nature only seemed to attract criticism. By the time Jim graduated, he had had enough of female authority. Short stints in the Marines and Cincinnati Police only confirmed his yearning for adventure. Fate intervened when a broken-down car turned into a career with TWA. How could Jim be expected to settle down when his feet never touched the ground? Women, whiskey, and a good tail wind were all he needed to be happy¿or so he thought. It was 1964, and being a bachelor in the airline industry provided unlimited freedom. But, was being 37,000 feet above his problems a price too high to pay? Follow Jim on his adventures during the golden age of air travel as he navigates life, work, and love at 550 mph.

The Golden Age

Author : Gore Vidal
ISBN : 9780307816610
Genre : Fiction
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The Golden Age is the concluding volume in Gore Vidal's celebrated and bestselling Narratives of Empire series-a unique pageant of the national experience from the United States' entry into World War Two to the end of the Korean War. The historical novel is once again in vogue, and Gore Vidal stands as its undisputed American master. In his six previous narratives of the American empire-Burr, Lincoln, 1876, Empire, Hollywood, and Washington, D.C.-he has created a fictional portrait of our nation from its founding that is unmatched in our literature for its scope, intimacy, political intelligence, and eloquence. Each has been a major bestseller, and some have stirred controversy for their decidedly ironic and unillusioned view of the realities of American power and of the men and women who have exercised that power. The Golden Age is Vidal's crowning achievement, a vibrant tapestry of American political and cultural life from 1939 to 1954, when the epochal events of World War Two and the Cold War transformed America, once and for all, for good or ill, from a republic into an empire. The sharp-eyed and sympathetic witnesses to these events are Caroline Sanford, Washington, D.C., newspaper publisher turned Hollywood pioneer producer-star, and Peter Sanford, her nephew and publisher of the independent intellectual journal The American Idea. They experience at first hand the masterful maneuvers of Franklin Roosevelt to bring a reluctant nation into World War Two, and later, the actions of Harry Truman that commit the nation to a decades-long twilight struggle against Communism-developments they regard with a marked skepticism, even though they end in an American global empire. The locus of these events is Washington, D.C., yet the Hollywood film industry and the cultural centers of New York also play significant parts. In addition to presidents, the actual characters who appear so vividly in the pages of The Golden Age include Eleanor Roosevelt, Harry Hopkins, Wendell Willkie, William Randolph Hearst, Dean Acheson, Tennessee Williams, Joseph Alsop, Dawn Powell-and Gore Vidal himself. The Golden Age offers up United States history as only Gore Vidal can, with unrivaled penetration, wit, and high drama, allied to a classical view of human fate. It is a supreme entertainment that will also change readers' understanding of American history and power.

Canada S Air Transportation Industry

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ISBN : OCLC:1047631876
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This is the Golden Age of air travel for Canadian airlines. Demand has surged thanks to declining air fares and costs are down dramatically due to lower fuel prices. The relatively weak Canadian dollar makes it more affordable for international passengers to come to Canada and encourages Canadians to fly domestically. All in all, airlines' financial position has never been so strong, with pre-tax profits projected to hit new highs in 2017. Can the industry continue to soar in 2018 and beyond? The demand outlook continues to be strong, but the impact of a favourable currency will begin to wear off – with fewer Americans flying to Canada and more Canadians heading south. Even though the industry's performance is expected to level off, it remains a standout in the Canadian economy, simultaneously benefiting from strong near and long-term outlooks. In this webinar, Sabrina Bond discusses the golden age for air transportation, based on the Conference Board's exclusive Industrial Economic Trends forecast. The major indicators of industry performance will be covered, including: production, price, investment, employment revenues, labour and material costs, profits and profit margins.

Contrails Over The Mojave

Author : George Marrett
ISBN : 9781612514260
Genre : History
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In Contrails over the Mojave George Marrett takes off where Tom Wolfe’s The Right Stuff ended in 1963. Marrett started the Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards AFB only two weeks after the school’s commander, Col. Chuck Yeager, ejected from a Lockheed NF-104 trying to set a world altitude record. He describes life as a space cadet experiencing 15 Gs in a human centrifuge, zero-G maneuvers in a KC-135 “Vomit Comet,” and a flight to 80,000 feet in the F-104A Starfighter. After graduating from Yeager’s “Charm School,” he was assigned to the Fighter Branch of Flight Test Operations, where he flew the latest fighter aircraft and chased other test aircraft as they set world speed and altitude records. Marrett takes readers into the cockpit as he “goes vertical” in a T-38 Talon, completes high-G maneuvers in an F-4C Phantom, and conducts wet-runway landing tests in the accident-prone F-111A Aardvark. He writes about Col. “Silver Fox” Stephens setting a world speed record in the YF-12 Blackbird and Bob Gilliland testing speed stalls in the SR-71 spy plane, but he also relives stories of crashes that killed test pilot friends. He recounts dead-sticking a T-38 to a landing on Rogers Dry Lake after a twin-engine failure and conducting dangerous tail hook barrier testing in a fighter jet without a canopy. A mysterious UFO sighting in the night sky above the Mojave Desert, known as “The Edwards Encounter,” also receives Marrett’s attention. Whether the author is assessing a new aircraft’s performance or describing the experiences of test pilots as they routinely faced the possibility of death, this look at the golden age of flight testing both thrills and informs.

The Golden Age Of Air Racing 1927 1933

Author : Sylvester H. Schmid
ISBN : NWU:35556039345111
Genre : Aeronautics
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The Golden Age Of Disaster Cinema

Author : Nik Havert
ISBN : 9781476634807
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From the 1950s through the 1970s, disaster movies were a wildly popular genre. Audiences thrilled at the spectacle of these films, many of which were considered glamorous for their time. Derided by critics, they became box office hits and cult classics, inspiring filmmakers around the globe. Some of them launched the careers of producers, directors and actors who would go on to create some of Hollywood's biggest blockbusters. With more than 40 interviews with actors, actresses, producers, stuntmen, special effects artists and others, this book covers the Golden Age of sinking ships, burning buildings, massive earthquakes, viral pandemics and outbreaks of animal madness.

Pan American Clippers

Author : James Trautman
ISBN : 0228102308
Genre : History
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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 recovering from the Great Depression, the Pan American Airways Clipper symbolized luxury, adventure and a brighter future. Illustrated with rare period photographs, vintage travel posters, magazine ads and colorful company brochures, Pan American Clippers covers all aspects of the Golden Age of Pan American's graceful "flying boats." This edition has an additional 16 pages to add more historical and current information and provide additional detail and context to the historical importance of the flying boats, including: Pan Am's Art Deco terminals the fate of the last Pan Am Clippers and where to see the survivors the Foynes Flying Boat Terminal, Ireland Trippe and Lindbergh's groundbreaking flight to Asia by way of the Great Circle Route (Canada-Alaska-Siberia-Japan-China) Shediac, New Brunswick, landing site of 24 Savoia Manchetti S-55 flying boats from Rome en route to Chicago's Century of Progress International Exposition Pan Am enters politics when Frank Roosevelt uses it in Latin America to sidestep the World War II Neutrality Act Trippe's long-held dream of flying mail and passengers across the Atlantic Ocean to Europe, and the opening of LaGuardia Airport. Visionary Pan Am founder Juan Trippe knew the importance of international travel to the 20th century, and his pioneering airline played a central role in the advancement of transoceanic flight, setting overseas time and distance records, providing airmail delivery and eventually as troop and cargo transports for the Allies during World War II. By dramatically reducing travel time and opening up international air travel to the general public, Pan Am Clippers forever changed the world. This captivating, informative and richly illustrated book takes readers back to a time of glamor, romance and progress, when dreams once thought impossible were suddenly a reality.

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