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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 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. To fully document the story he includes interviews with flying boat pioneers and a dynamic collection of photographs, charts, and cutaway illustrations.
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.
~Praise for China Clipper~
“China Clipper fully documents the dramatic story of the rise to fame and the fall from glory of the flying boats. From Glen Curtiss to giant flying boats, here are all the great flying boats of American genius, as well as foreigners, from the pen of an accomplished Naval Aviator and excellent writer… Gandt is a great story teller with personal knowledge of much he relates. His book is entertaining while remaining a standard reference.”