Two volumes of the magazine serie "THE ILLUSTRATED INTERNATIONAL AIRCRAFT GUIDE". Early Jetliners details all the first jets with accurate three-view drawings. Early Airliners gives a detailed history of both military and civil aircraft.
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EARLY JETLINERS : Bill GUNSTON ;
EARLY AIRLINES : Chris CHANT and Consultant Bill GUNSTON
After nearly 40 years of jet travel, it is hard for us to realize how revolutionary the first commercial jet airliners appeared to postwar travellers and aviation experts.
At the end of World War II, jet propulsion was an expensive luxury which could only be afforded by the armed forces. It is an indication of the courage and vision of designers and engineers that they pressed ahead and produced jet engines and airframes for civil airliners which are still in use today.
Early Jetliners gives detailed coverage of all the first jets, from the Nene-Viking to the Boeing 727, with precise technical details and accurate three-view drawings.
This book is the first in a major new series of aircraft publications, which tell the complete story of every major aircraft, from the early flying machines to hydrogen-fuelled transports of the future.
Before World War I air travel was an erratic occupation which required courage, favourable winds and the mechanical inspired flair now normally associated with schoolboy motorbike enthusiasts.
The Great War changed all this. Military aircraft were more reliable and after the war some were converted for passenger use. The next step was the purpose-built airliner and with it came the first attempts at commercial air travel with passengers and mail.
Early Airliners is part of a new aviation series which combines to give a detailed history of both military and civil aircraft from the first recorded craft to fly to the giant super jets of today.