Conway Maritime Press, Greenwich, 1st ed., 1979. Xiv + 262 pp., numerous photo-ills., diagrams, maps & plans. D.j., 28 x 22cm. Small chip to rear edge of d.j., & price-clipped o/w Nr.FINE. The story of the American flying boat constitutes a unique chapter of American aviation history. Leaving behind it an unrivalled legacy, its history is also the saga of the world's first scheduled airline, the first American aircraft to be used extensively in combat, the first flight across the Atlantic, the first passenger airliner, and the largest aircraft ever built. This book is replete with descriptions, rare photographs and line drawings of every major American flying boat type produced and includes a considerable amount of material on the more obscure models like the Sperry Amphibian, the never-completed Navy Giant Boat of 1920-21, the Tandem Fighter, and Fairchild's Jungle Clipper. Profusely illustrated.