At the end of the First World War, it was realised that aviation was no longer for the select few but that technology had advanced so much that passengers could be carried long distances relatively economically. As soon as civil aviation was allowed again in 1919, a few companies were set up to provide a passenger service to European destinations such as Paris and Rotterdam. In 1942 the fledgling British airlines were amalgamated into Imperial Airways.The Imperial Airways Fleet describes in detail the main British airline fleets from 1919 to 1940, giving details of the aircraft history, layout, identity and fate. Much of this information has been published but to find it means going to numerous sources and this book is the first to collect it into one volume.John Stroud was fortunate enough to remember Imperial Airways, even working for them from 1933. He flew in some of the aircraft of the fleet, saw almost all of the C-Class Empire flying boats being built and some of his earliest memories are of seeing the aircraft of Daimler Airway and Instone Air Line at Croydon in the early 1920s.
This book, first published in 1946, deals with the question of the history, development and likely future of the civil air industry. It is full of fascinating information from the infancy of the industry, and its romantic heyday.
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.
For almost 20 years, more than 200 reels of microfilmed Japanese naval records remained in the custody of the U.S. Naval History Division, virtually untouched. This unique book draws on those sources and others to tell the story of the Pacific War from the viewpoint of the Japanese. Former Marine Corps officer and Asian scholar Paul Dull focuses on the major surface engagements of the war--Coral Sea, Midway, the crucial Solomons campaign, and the last-ditch battles in the Marianas and Philippines. Also included are detailed track charts and a selection of Japanese photographs of major vessels and actions.
As the speed of early aircraft gradually increased there eventually became an awareness during the 1940's, that strange things were occurring at around 500mph. Many later WW2 fighter aircraft were reported to become dangerously uncontrollable in high-speed power dives. Pilot's and aircraft designers were beginning to encounter the sound barrier. We now realize it to be a phenomenon that occurs when the speed of sound is reached and air compressibility demands additional power to break through it. Breaking the sound barrier became one of the biggest challenges to the world's aircraft designers and it took great courage and daring for the test-pilots of that era to find the way through this difficult obstacle. This is the story of how innovative design and pilots learned how to deal with supersonic flight. It records the many different experimental aircraft and tells of the experiences of those that flew them. Many pilots lost their lives during those dangerous flights but those who survived became legendary.