THOSE FABULOUS AMPHIBIANS : A PICTORIAL HISTORY OF AMERICAN AMPHIBIAN AICRAFT

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191 pages - 1973 - Used, good condition
Beautifully illustrated with some amazing photographs, this lovely book is a pictorial encyclopedia of American amphibious aircraft ( both military and civilian ).

Characteristics

Book cover finish Canvas finish, Headband, Bradel, Hardcover ( rounded spine binding )
Special features Dedicated copy, Slightly damaged dust jacket
Condition Used, good condition
Number of pages 191
Published date 1973
Language English
Size 19 x 25 x 2 cm
Author Don C. Wigton
Editor Harlo Press

Description

The contents of this book is the pictorial encyclopedia of American amphibious aircraft. It contains every known type of amphibian airplane designed for land and water operation, such as the twin - engine Stinson, twin - hull Rocheville Tern, Niagara, Lawrence - Sperry Triplane, twin - engine Stout, and many others. ( ... ) These dual type planes played a vital role in the Second World War, rescuing downed pilots in the oceans. A Civil Air Patrol pilot spotted a U - Boot off the eastern seaboard while flying a S - 39B Sikorsky and inform-ed the U.S. Coast Guard. The German submarine was sunk shortly after. Another time a U.S. Navy P.B.Y. Catalina dive - bombed a U - Boot off the Louisiana coast and sank it.

 

( ... ) Private pilots have also designed their own versions of amphibians. A few firms are now converting twin - engine amphibious aircraft into higher performance executive types. ( ... ) So, as the years roll by, the amphibian will remain with us. There will be new designs, higher performance, and even amphibious jets.

À PROPOS DE CET AUTEUR
Don C. Wigton

Don C. Wigton ( July 3rd, 1923 - ? ) was born in Detroit ( Michigan, United States ) and attended school there. He first became interested in aircraft through such radio programs of the 1930's as " Howie Wing " and " The Air Adventures of Jimmie Allen ". In 1935, when Hi Speed Gasoline Company was offering model aeroplanes with each sale of gasoline, Don C. Wigton started on his long journey of model building and love of aeroplanes. He joined a model club called the " Thermites ", which built and flew models. 


In 1942, Don C. Wigton enlisted in the Army Air Corps and served with the First Troop Carrier Command. After his service was completed, he attended a flying school at Detroit City Airport, receiving his Private Pilot License. Subsequently, he did aerial photography and regular commercial photography. 


In the early 1950's, Don C. Wigton joined the National Air Shows as their photographer. He traveled thousands of miles with Bill Sweet, photographing his air shows. He did aircraft photography for Wing Span Magazine, American Airman and other publications dealing with flight. He has had thousands of his photographs published in magazines and newspapers around the world. 


In 1963, Don C. Wigton had his first book, From Jenny to Jets, published in paperback, the hard bound edition following in 1969. In 1970, the Smithsonian Institution honoured him for his contribution to our National Archives of Aircraft History. 


( source : Those fabulous amphibians )

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