Bowers, Peter M.


Putnam, rep., 1987. 637 pp., frontis., + photo-ills., + ills. D.j., 22 x 14cm. Small owner's name & date to f.f.e.p., o/w Nr.FINE. This is a complete history of Glenn Curtiss and of the subsequent companies which bore his name. Before World War I Glenn had built the America flying-boat, which was sold to Britain and led to the RNAS's family of Felixstowe patrol flying-boats. It was a Navy/Curtiss flying-boat which in May 1919, made the first-ever aerial crossing of the North Atlantic. Many thousands of First World War pilots learned to fly on the Curtiss JN Jenny. Through the 1920's & 30's such military types as Hawkes, Falcons, Shrieks and Helldivers achieved global reputations. For the civil market, there was the Robin light aircraft and for the airlines the Condor sleeper transport. Two of Curtiss' seaplanes won the Schneider Trophy. During World War II Curtiss aircraft were used by United States, British, French and other services. All these aircraft and many others, including projects and prototypes are described. This is the UNCOMMON Reprint.

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