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by Bill Yenne

Rapid developments in aviation technology from the period immediately following World War II to the early 1970s brought high-speed air travel to the public and, in the process, seriously reduced the size of the world. This history of the American airliner's embryonic years bridges the propliner era, famous for classic aluminum aircraft like the elegant Lockheed Constellation and stout Douglas DC-3, with the dawn of early jetliners like the DC-8, Boeing 707 and Convair 880. A combination of modern and period photography transports readers back to this heady era, helping to detail the evolution of American airliners and the days of luxury air travel. Each of these pioneering aircraft is depicted in a variety of liveries representing American airlines of the time.About the AuthorBill Yenne is the author of more than three dozen books, mainly on historical topics. Before turning to a career as an author, Mr. Yenne was a nationally-recognized artist and illustrator. His illustrations have appeared in a number of national magazines, including Rolling Stone, and several of his paintings are in the official collection of the US Air Force. He is the author of the 2003 title The American Brewery, also from MBI Publishing Company. He lives in San Francisco, California.
Download Classic American Airliners (Zenith Classics) epub
ISBN: 0760319316
ISBN13: 978-0760319314
Category: Engineering
Subcategory: Transportation
Author: Bill Yenne
Language: English
Publisher: Zenith Press (March 28, 2005)
Pages: 168 pages
ePUB size: 1781 kb
FB2 size: 1893 kb
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 592
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This is an excellent review of how the classic airliners were developed and what they were used for. Great pictures, well presented. Could have used a little more data on each airplane in the form of specifications. An interesting book and well worth owning
This would have been a 5 star review except for leaving out the Martin 202/404,Lockheed Lodestar, and DC-3. These omissions leave a big gap unless the intent was post WW2 only. If that was the intent, the Martin 404 omission still is glaring. Too bad. What's is covered is well done and well reproduced.
Well written. Excellent photography. Really show off the Queens of the arilines.
This book is a must for all old airliner enthusiasts.
Full of marvellous photos, most of which I had never seen before, it also benefits from a very well written text, taking you through the development and time in service of each airliner, plus overview sections at various points.
In particular, the book contains the best section I have ever read dealing with the changeover from pistons to jets at the end of the 1950s, clearly explaining just why this was such a fundamental revolution in air transport and why the pistonliners were rendered obsolete overnight almost.
The book has excellent histories and photos.

A major fault: Mere mention and no photos of the greatest airliner ever-the DC-3.