Flying Boats and Seaplanes - A Selection of Rare Pictures from The Ord-Hume Aviation Archive 002

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Flying Boats and Seaplanes - A Selection of Rare Pictures from The Ord-Hume Aviation Archive 002

Slim A5 size booklet, published by GMS in 2005, 32 pages (SBKWSO)

From the rear side cover: Pioneer aviators knew that if flying sites were not always available on land, there was always plenty of flat water. The first seaplanes were thus almost as old as heavier-than-air flight. By the time of World War I, they were well established. The seaplane was an ordinary aircraft with the undercarriage replaced by floats mounted on struts, while the flying boat had a special boat-like hull that floated in the water and to which wings, tail, and engines were attached. If the seaplane concept enabled almost any aircraft to operate from water, flying boats were true water-based vessels needing a slipway or large crane when they had to come ashore for servicing or repairs. It was flying boats that opened up the Empire air routes in the 1920s and, ultimately, enabled the first passenger crossings of the Atlantic and Pacific. Mainstay of Imperial Airways, the era of the big four-engined 'boats was the 1930s. They paved the way for craft such as the Sunderland, Sandringham and Solent. After the 1939-45 War, it seemed inevitable that long­ distance travel would once again centre on the flying-boat. Saunders-Roe created the giant Princess. By the time she flew, landplanes had won the battle of the air routes with increased range, safety and comfort, not to mention speed and reliability. The British waterplane marks a rich and evocative era that is now history.

The condition of the booklet is generally very good. The covers have one or two very minor scuffs but are clean and bright, the staple spine is intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.