Adventurous Empires: The Story of the Short Empire Flying-Boats

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This is a story from a bygone age recalling the most successful flying-boat airliner ever built. Designed to a specification for Imperial Airways, then Britain’s national airline, it carried passengers and, more importantly, mail throughout the British Empire. The airliner offered luxurious travel for the privileged few, every journey being an adventure shared by passengers and crew.

Short Brothers built 42 Empires at their factory in Rochester during the late 1930s. Imperial Airways were expanding their network to the furthermost outposts of the British Empire, whilst laying down the principles of scheduled airline operation.

This is the tale of the realization of a dream and the efforts of those who made it possible. During World War II, the military Sunderland version became an icon.
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The late Phillip Sims joined the RAF in 1966 and always had a fascination with the history of aviation. This was his first book.

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This is a very detailed book, with a great deal of useful information on these impressive flying books, and takes the reader back into the early glamorous world of air travel, before that world was shattered by the outbreak of war. -History of War It is a very comprehensive and readable account. quoting from contemporary sources to good effect, with a host of fascinating photographs from private collections. I would love to have flown in one of the C Class to Africa, India or Australia but as this pipedream is impossible to fulfil, this excellent book is a more than useful compensation. Flying in Ireland

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