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China Clipper: The Age of the Great Flying Boats
by Robert Gandt (Goodreads Author)
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 ...more
Paperback, 214 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by US Naval Institute Press
(first published September 1st 2010)
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Interesting read about the age of the flying boats. Gandt does an excellent job of intertwining facts in with his narrative to produce an exceptional recount of aviation history. My favorite chapter discussed the the beginning of WWII and the various experiences that the airplanes' crews endured the day Pearl Harbor was attacked. A must read if you are interested in aviation history, or even wanting to know more about the beginnings of commercial travel.