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Eagles of the Pacific. Consairways.Memoirs of an Air Transport service during World War II

Spight, Edwin L. and Jeanne L. Spight

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ISBN 10: 0911852883 / ISBN 13: 9780911852882
Published by Historical Aviation Album, 1980
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: Eagles of the Pacific. Consairways.Memoirs ...

Publisher: Historical Aviation Album

Publication Date: 1980

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st

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Great, first hand account of Consairway, an American civilian wartime airline created in late-1941 as a subsidiary of the Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation. The airline worked under contract to the United States Air Corps Ferrying Command, primarily for supplying the South West Pacific theatre of World War II. The airline performed hundreds of missions delivering munitions and personnel; and supporting USO activities from 1942 to 1945, including transporting passengers such as Bob Hope, Joe E. Brown and Eleanor Roosevelt. Consairway originally operated out of San Diego but then moved to Fairfield-Suisun Army Air Base in 1943. During its peak in 1943, the airline had 800 employees and operated twice-weekly flights to the South West Pacific. Consairway was reported to have flown more than 101 million ton-miles of cargo and 299 million passenger miles by its closing in 1945. The airline flew the LB-30 Liberator II, Consolidated C-87 Liberator Express and Consolidated B-24 Liberator bomber, as well as a converted XB-24B that was used as a luxury airliner for the United States Army Air Forces.

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