Coupar, Anne Robertson.


1st ed., 1960. 272 pp., photo-plates. D.j., 22 x 14cm. V.G.+. The Russian pilot Ivan Smirnoff logged more flying hours than any other pilot in the world and he pioneered the K.L.M. routes to the Far East. At the age of eighteen he volunteered for military service immediately the First World War began and he soon became the terror of the German flyers. After the revolution he came to Britain where he attracted the attention of Sir Sefton Brancker and secured a commission in the RFC. After the war Smirnoff joined the Belgian airline, S.N.E.T.E., forerunner of Sabena, but a disastrous fire destroyed their planes. He then got a job with the famous Dutch line, K.L.M., with whom he remained almost until his death at the age of sixty. The only time he ever lost a passenger was when he was attacked by Japanese planes over the coast of Australia during the Second World War. A good biography, synonymous with commercial flying.

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