Until the 1950s, the flying boats of Pan American and Imperial Airways took passengers to the corners of the globe in luxury that rivalled the great ocean liners. Peter Pigott, Canada's foremost aviation author, has tracked the history of these extraordinary aircraft and their unrivalled levels of exclusivity and comfort.
The author has managed to cover the whole history of commercial flying boats in only 350 pages. Not only that but he’s made it a compelling read. Everything is covered from 1910 with Glen Curtis in the USA and Canada through to Henri Fabre in France, though WW1 on to the end of the era of the flying boats in the 1950s.
It’s also refreshingly non-partisan with the Pan American Clippers, Empire Flying Boats and those of other nations all getting appropriate coverage. It’s one of the most readable books on the subject.
It is well illustrated with photographs, many of the interior of the Clippers and Empire Boats, even including golf putting practice on the ‘Promenade Deck’ of one of the Empire Boats! Overall, it’s a great book.
Chris Ottewell, AeroModeller Magazine.