1st ed., 1980. 256 pp., cold., + b&w photo-ills., + ills. D.j., 30 x 23cm. FINE. The author details the meteoric rise of the airliner from its humble beginnings on a beach in North Carolina, through the first passenger services, the stately airships, the long-range mail routes, the great pre-war flying boats and the post-war aviation boom to the wide-bodied jets and the latest supersonic swing-wing designs of the 1980's. He also covers the development of the airport, the black boxes, air crashes, the first air hostesses and airline catering. Featured in the wealth of illustrations are posters, baggage tags, tickets and menus.