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  • Author:
    Robert L. Gandt
  • ISBN:
    0870212095
  • ISBN13:
    978-0870212093
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  • Publisher:
    Naval Inst Pr (August 1, 1991)
  • Pages:
    214 pages
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    Transportation
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    4.5
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Robert Gandt is a former naval officer, international airline captain, and military historian. If you love aviation or history you will enjoy China Clipper which recaptures the history of flying boats with detail, data and accurracy.

Robert Gandt is a former naval officer, international airline captain, and military historian. A resident of Daytona Beach, FL, he is the author of thirteen books, including The Twilight Warriors. Gandt's insight is remarkable on the mover and shakers of this era, how the history unfolded, the politics and why. You learn who were the visionaries and who were the luddites. How the barriers to aviation, flight and design were overcome.

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Publisher Description. 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 its development and explains the aeronautical advances that made the aircraft possible.

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When the China Clipper shattered aviation records on its maiden six-day flight from California to the Orient in 1935, the flying .

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. To fully document the story he includes interviews with flying boat pioneers and a dynamic collection of photographs, charts, and cutaway illustrations. US Naval Institute Press.

The Age of the Great Flying Boats. Thus arrived the age of the great flying boats. It lasted sixteen years, commencing with the news of the Dornier Do X project and ending with the postwar scuttling of the Boeing boats. Naval institute press. This brief episode occurred at a crossroads in history. It was a time when the ancient rites of the sea were joined, for just a moment, with the infant craft of flight. From the beginning, its days were numbered. Even the unlikely name-flying boat-was an anachronism. The hybrid craft was regarded just as its name implied-a boat that happened to be capable of flight.

Robert Gandt (born December 15, 1939) is an American author and aviator. China Clipper: The Age of the Great Flying Boats (Naval Institute Press, 1991/2010). Skygods: The Fall of Pan Am (Wm. Gandt has written and published more than a dozen books on military and aviation history and military adventure fiction. Photogragph of Robert Gandt, Author and Naval Historian.

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A history of the boats, their builders and operators, with an emphasis on the most famous Pan American's Pacific . This book introduces the dynamic personalities involved in the creation, life, and demise of the great flying boat.

A history of the boats, their builders and operators, with an emphasis on the most famous Pan American's Pacific flyers.

A history of the boats, their builders and operators, with an emphasis on the most famous Pan American's Pacific flyers. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

hulk
As a 20 year Pan Am crew member I'm always looking for historical publications about Pan Am.
I missed the opportunity to purchase this book when it was first released. I was very pleased to find it available on Amazon.
Salt Creek First Editions was very prompt in sending it. It was packaged ever so carefully you would have thought it was fragile crystal!
I'm certainly not complaining! The book is in pristine condition and I'm so happy to have it in my Pan Am library. Sometimes I lend my books
to other former PAA employees, but I won't be lending this one! I will definitely refer anyone interested to Salt Creek First Editions.
GAZANIK
If you love aviation or history you will enjoy China Clipper which recaptures the history of flying boats with detail, data and accurracy. Gandt's insight is remarkable on the mover and shakers of this era, how the history unfolded, the politics and why. You learn who were the visionaries and who were the luddites. How the barriers to aviation, flight and design were overcome. And you learn about airplanes that you didn't know existed (such as the Latecoere 631) and what happened to them. This book is not solely about the Martin M-130, the China Cliiper, but all significant aircraft of that era, their designers and why and how they were designed. It is another Gandt book you can't put down and while Gandt paints a vivid picture, the book is well illustrated (including the mammoth Latecoere 631). One thing I did figure out was the actual China Clipper a Martin M-130 must have been so named a model M-130 for its wingspan of 130 feet as a later model an M-156 (called the Russian Clipper) had a wingspan of 156 feet.
Elastic Skunk
I purchased the Kindle version and enjoyed the read. I had previously read Robert Gandt's Sky Gods, and became interested in reading more about the flying boats and their histories. This book covers them all, but also includes a few repeats of information found in Sky Gods. The only downside of the book is the Kindle formatting whereby you must to go to the end of the book to see pictures or diagrams of the flying boats the author discusses.
Great history and a excellent read on a bygone era.
Mojind
As an aviation and history buff, I enjoyed the book. But the technical details, maybe needed, turned me off at times. I just didn’t feel the need to read about tare wing-loading, etc. Even so, those with interests like mine should appreciate this watery journey.
Tane
If you are interested in the history of Pan American World Airways, this is one book you must read. It's the story of what got Pan Am off and running; the seaplanes that were capable of delivering passengers and cargo across both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Mr. Gandt was there and relates his experiences on the great boats in a knowledgeable manner. Nothing more to be said except, read this book!
Dammy
This book gives an interesting glimpse into an early era of aviation history, a period that was born and died as I was growing up. The flying boat was the first to span oceans in the commerce of transporting people over long distances without having to refuel; and then, suddenly, its future was eclipsed when the German-built Condor made it over the Atlantic flying from Berlin, Germany to the USA with fuel to spare and made a hard surface landing. The flying boat was made to land on water because, at the time there were no airports existing yet for hard surface landings of aircraft large enough to fly the oceans. Although it filled a necessary gap, it also carried with it all the drawbacks of having to land on water. When the Condor landed it spelled the doom of flying boats and was the first land based aircraft put into commercial service for Trans-Atlantic flights. The first time I flew on business was on a trip from Newark airport to Chicago on a Lockheed Constellation; the "Connie" was a sleek-looking aircraft but the one I rode on had all the comforts of a cattle car and I had to hold on to my coffee cup for fear it might get launched onto my lap from all the rattling. Shortly, thereafter the "Connies" were put out of service; and I made a similar trip on the recently introduced British-built jet-propelled Comet, a beautiful aircraft where every seat was a first-class accommodation. Lucky for me I wasn't on one of those that crashed due to stress related defects which took it out of service a while later. The author of this book was a pilot in the flying boat service and I imagine they were no more comfortable than the "Connie" in their passenger comfort. Flying was fun back then before the days of excessive security measures and discomfort that we experience today. The author brings his personal insights into his writing for he personally knew many of the pilots flying in the service at that time. There were flying boats designed and flown by other nations and this book has many excellent photos illustrating some of them and anyone interested in the history of aviation will find this book most rewarding to fill missing gaps in their knowledge of these fascinating craft. Some may even make this book a permanent addition to their collection. The author has his own website that is well worth perusing.
Dagdatus
Was a good read. Enjoyed the intertwining of history with technology. However, I'm guessing the market scope is pretty limited to the few aviation nerds such as myself. But, anyone who likes to fantasize about what it might have been like back when Trans-Pacific commercial aviation was a real adventure this is a book is for you.