In this volume, the authors explore a series of military and civilian aircraft, or prototypes, that were used for health and humanitarian aid between the 1910s and the 1990s.
When flying means saving or when speed can be synonymous with survival! In the course of the 20th century, largely as a result of successive conflicts, medical aviation developed at record speed – as attested by the regular use of aircraft designed for this purpose since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis.
Speed, length, range, engine… Placed in its historical context, each aircraft presented in the 130 or so pages of this book comes alive with a technical description, along with a short history.
To present this list, the authors travel all the way back to the beginnings of aviation – the end of the World War I, more precisely! For example, we come across the Farman F.60 Goliath (France, 1919), Curtis Eagle 1 (United States, 1921), Fokker F.III (Netherlands, 1920), Caudron C. 81 (France, 1923), Junkers G. 24 (Germany, 1925) and Blériot 155 (France, 1925).
Later, among the aircraft released in the 1930s, we have the Tupolev ANT-35 (Soviet Union, 1936), Heinkel HE116A (Germany, 1936) and Bloch MB-160 (France, 1937). As for those built after World War II, the book features, among others, the Dassault MD-316T Flamant (France, 1953), Lockheed L-1649 Super Starliner (United States, 1956), Antonov AN-14 Pchelka (Soviet Union, 1958), and many more.
Closer to our time, the reader can also discover the Airbus A300-B4 (European Union, 1972), Piaggio P-180 Avanti II (Italy, 1986) or Dornier DO-328-110 (Germany, 1991). A description of some 120 aircraft that have made history, all orchestrated visually by the illustrator Jean Bellis.
Comic Book. “History of Aircraft. Civil and military commercial transport aircraft, volume 4, tome 6.” Authors: Pascale Orlhac and Franck Coste. Illustrator: Jean Bellis. Éditions Idées Plus. ISBN: 978-2-374700