The fourth part of the “History of Aircraft” series looks at civil and military passenger transport, and the aircraft that have contributed to the development of this activity.
There has been incredible progress in barely ten decades! More than a century before the A380 and its maximum 538 passengers, the first passenger airline opened in Florida (United States) and connected the cities of Tampa and St. Petersburg, only 30 kilometers apart. It was inaugurated on January 1, 1914 on board a Benoist XIV. Remarkably, some of its passengers forked out up to 400 dollars, an enormous sum of money for the time.
Through this work, discover the aircraft which, over the course of the 20th century, have shaped passenger transport, both for commercial and military purposes. You will find models manufactured worldwide: in France, Germany, the United States, Russia and the United Kingdom of course, as well as China, Argentina, Spain, Japan, Poland, Brazil, etc.
The hundred or so aircraft presented include the Blériot BI-165 (1926), the Dassault MD-312 Flamant (1949), the Antonov An-74 (1983), the Grumman Gulfstream (1958), the Breguet Deux-Ponts (1949), the Bloch MB.120 (1932), the Latécoère 26-6 (1926) and the Kawasaki C-1 (1970).
Each aircraft is presented in its context (civil or military) with a brief history as well as its technical specifications – speed, length, range and engine type. It’s all there to delight everyone discovering these aircraft as well as collectors and fans of beautiful illustrations.
Comic Book. “Histoires d’avions, avions de transports civils et militaires”, tome 4, volume 2. Jean Bellis (illustrations), Franck Coste and Pascale Orlhac (text). Editions Idées Plus. ISBN: 978-2-374700-41-0