When the China Clipper shattered aviation records on its maiden six-day flight from California to the Orient in 1935, the flying boat became an instant celebrity.
This lively history by Robert Gandt traces the development of the great flying boats as both a triumph of technology and a stirring human drama. He examines the political, military, and economic forces that drove its development and explains the aeronautical advances that made the aircraft possible.
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More textbook than story
If you’re looking for a very complete, dry history of the great flying boats, this is it. It is very detailed and thorough. However, it is a little dry. The author makes no attempt to tell a story. That isn’t bad, it’s a style choice. If you can live with that choice, you’ll learn a lot about a great moment in the history of flight.