Wings over the World: Tales from the Golden Age of Air Travel

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Nowadays air travel is as routine as catching a bus. But before the war, it was truly extraordinary. A giant Handley-Page biplane bound for Paris, bouncing along Croydon Aerodrome’s grass runway, meant seat belts were primarily needed before take-off. Africa by Empire flying boat was a five-day aerial voyage via lakes that had to be cleared of hippos before touchdown. On a wartime Boeing flying boat crossing the Atlantic, the navigator plotted his course by the stars. Now, historian Tom Quinn records the ...

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Overview

Nowadays air travel is as routine as catching a bus. But before the war, it was truly extraordinary. A giant Handley-Page biplane bound for Paris, bouncing along Croydon Aerodrome’s grass runway, meant seat belts were primarily needed before take-off. Africa by Empire flying boat was a five-day aerial voyage via lakes that had to be cleared of hippos before touchdown. On a wartime Boeing flying boat crossing the Atlantic, the navigator plotted his course by the stars. Now, historian Tom Quinn records the remarkable reminiscences of British pilots, navigators, stewardesses, and station commanders. Abundantly illustrated with period posters, photos, and memorabilia, this is stirring social history from the edge of living memory.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781854109378
  • Publisher: Aurum Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 8.04 (w) x 10.28 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ron Ballantine: Pilot 5
David Rose: Station Coxswain and Senior Steward 19
Going to Cologne from TheWorld's Airways, Robert Finch, 1938 32
Vic Avila: Pilot 41
The Worst Bumps in the Air from My Flight to the Cape and Back, Alan Cobham, 1926 52
Ted Williams: Navigator 55
The Plane-Caller from Sky Gipsy, Claudia Cranston, 1936 66
Olive Carlisle: Stewardess 71
Seasonless and Indeterminate Air from Venture to the Interior, Laurens van der Post, 1954 87
Ken Emmott: Pilot 97
Flying to Burma from A Life in Movies, Michael Powell, 1986 110
Hilary Watson: Traffic Officer, Steward and Station Manager 115
Hazel Rose: Stewardess 131
Priority Passenger from Merchant Airmen, Dudley Barker, 1944 142
Len Reddington: Wireless Operator 151
Taffy Barrow: Pilot 167
Picture Credits and Acknowledgements 182
Index 183
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