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Corsairville: The Lost Domain of the Flying Boat

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It was the obscure legend of the flying boat Corsair, rescued from the Belgian Congo in an epic salvage operation, that fired Graham Coster's quest for the lost world of the flying boat. Coster's journey begins in Southampton, from where Imperial Airways' Empire boats departed to fly up the Nile on their way to South Africa, and takes him to the flying boats' old haunts in ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 1st 2002 by Penguin Books (first published February 24th 2000)
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Michael Burnam-Fink
Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
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This is the most British book that I've ever read. Its about as British as Queen Elizabeth stepping out of a TARDIS to hand you a nice cup of tea. Coster promises a story of engineering and aviation derring-do, with a team of clever tinkerers pulling a state-of-the-art flying boat out of the Belgian Congo at the start of the Second World War. There's about three chapters of this, and the rescue of the Corsair is surprisingly straightforward.

What this book mostly is is a mediation on nostalgia,
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Julian Walker
Dec 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
In a remote corner of the Democratic Republic of Congo lies the remains of an Imperial Airways Corsair flying boat, where it has languished since landing in the late 1930s.

This throwback from a previous age provides the inspiration for a fantastically engrossing whimsical tour around the grand age of the flying boat touring across continents without the need for runways merely waterways.

The author takes us on an remarkable voyage with knowledgeable insights into a more genteel age of air
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Andrew Watson
Jan 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
I loved the subject matter, which more than anything earns it the four stars. I'm afraid it was a little meandering and certainly written in a style that matched the steady pace of the journeys taken by many of the people involved in the flying boat. Still, what style!
Andrea
Nov 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Vier Sterne für den Reichtum an Geschichten und Information. Kein fünfter Stern, weil manchmal doch arg in Richtung Heldenverehrung tendierend.
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