1st ed., 1982. 192 pp., frontis, profusely illustrated with cold. + b&w photo-ills. D.j., 31 x 24cm. FINE. This book recalls the glorious flying machines from the Wright Brothers in 1903 to the end of World War II. The author describes in vivid detail the international biplane, including the Curtiss Pusher developed by Glenn Curtiss, and the Voisin Brother’s first mass-production aircraft to be built in Europe. The world’s first four-engined and the first purpose built airliner – the Sikorsky Grand; Avros, Sopwith Pups and Anthony Fokker’s fighter the D.VIII; SPADs, F.2Bs, the JN-4 ‘Jenny’ and NC-4 of Glenn Curtiss, the ‘Vickers’ VIMY twin-engined bomber used by Alcock and Brown for the first non-stop transatlantic flight in 1919; Tiger Moths, Hawker Fury’s Gloster Gladiators and the Fairy Swordfish, all take their place in this excellent volume.