This is a story from a bygone age recalling the most successful flying-boat airliner ever built. Designed to a specification for Imperial Airways, then Britain’s national airline, it carried passengers and, more importantly, mail throughout the British Empire. The airliner offered luxurious travel for the privileged few, every journey being an adventure shared by passengers and crew.
Short Brothers built 42 Empires at their factory in Rochester during the late 1930s. Imperial Airways were expanding their network to the furthermost outposts of the British Empire, whilst laying down the principles of scheduled airline operation.
This is the tale of the realization of a dream and the efforts of those who made it possible. During World War II, the military Sunderland version became an icon.
|Publisher:||Pen & Sword Books Limited|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
The late Phillip Sims joined the RAF in 1966 and always had a fascination with the history of aviation. This was his first book.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Setting the Scene 1
Chapter 2 The Raison d'Être 16
Chapter 3 Change and Progress 37
Chapter 4 A Worthy Airline 63
Chapter 5 Alternative Developments 118
Chapter 6 Eastward and Southward 139
Chapter 7 Bermuda and the Atlantic Conquered 172
Chapter 8 To Australia and Beyond 205
Chapter 9 Reith 217
Chapter 10 Tasman Empire Airways Limited (TEAL) 220
Chapter 11 Imperial at War 239
Chapter 12 The Far East and Australia 277
Chapter 13 New Zealand at War 303
Chapter 14 End of Empire 324
Appendix 1 The Imperial Airways IBOAC S.23 Flying-Boats 339
Appendix 2 The QANTAS Empire Airways S.23 Flying-Boats 341
Appendix 3 The Imperial Airways/BOAC S.30 Flying-Boats 342
Appendix 4 The Tasman Empire Airways Limited Flying-Boats 343
Appendix 5 Short S.33 Empire Flying-Boats 344
Appendix 6 Short Composite S.20 Maia and S.21 Mercury 345
Appendix 7 Short S.26 'G-class' Flying-Boats 346
Appendix 8 Maps 347