From Props to Jets: Commercial Aviation's Transition to the Jet Age, 1952-1962

From Props to Jets: Commercial Aviation's Transition to the Jet Age, 1952-1962

by Craig Kodera
     
 
Although the years from 1952 to 1962 saw the rise and dominance of luxurious piston-powered airliners like the Douglas DC-7, Lockheed Constellation, and Boeing Stratocruiser, revolutionary new jet airliners soon rendered them obsolete. Aircraft like the Boeing 707, Douglas DC-8, and Convair 880 quickly shrank travel times around the world in half as the traveling

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Although the years from 1952 to 1962 saw the rise and dominance of luxurious piston-powered airliners like the Douglas DC-7, Lockheed Constellation, and Boeing Stratocruiser, revolutionary new jet airliners soon rendered them obsolete. Aircraft like the Boeing 707, Douglas DC-8, and Convair 880 quickly shrank travel times around the world in half as the traveling public enthusiastically embraced the new and very futuristic jet age. This book celebrates that exciting time period with an in-depth look at all the aircraft that made commercial jet flight possible, comparing these radical new jetliners with the classic propeller-driven aircraft that preceded them. By using stunning original photography, ads, and graphics, this book beautifully captures the unique "feel" of that magical era by featuring the very best in rare aviation nostalgia. Additionally, the book offers accurate technical detail and rich historical perspective as well.

Editorial Reviews

Air Classics
High quality, great illustrations, readable text, great price - what more could one want? Five stars. July 2010
Airliners Magazine
Authors Jon Proctor, Mike Machat and Craig Kodera are three of commercial aviation's finest and most prolific writers, artists and historians. They combined their talents and wide-ranging experience in the industry (as well as their large collections of aircraft and airline memorabilia) to produce a truly unique publication which is both highly informative and extremely entertaining. It will be a welcome addition to every airliner enthusiast's bookshelf.
FineScale Modeler
Modelers will dig the hundreds of color and black-and-white photos as well as profiles of the planes. - November 2010
From Props to Jets
Overall, this is a great book for those interested in the immediate post-war commercial aviation genre, and should provide plenty of inspiration for some classic civil airliner models. -Internet Modeler, reviewed by Chris Banyai-Riepl, September 2010
IPMS
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Any airline modeler will get inspiration from this work and anyone interested in commerical aviation will enjoy reading about the beginning of jet travel. I wholeheartedly recommend this book. --( Phil Pignataro, October 2010)
Modeling Madness
Once again, Specialty Press has provided us with a well written, well researched, and interesting book. This is one that is a must have for the airliner fan. Most highly recommended.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580071468
Publisher:
Specialty Press Publishers & Wholesalers, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/01/2010
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.90(d)

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