By R. E.G. Davies
This publication offers the 1st finished historical past of the world's airline industries from the early Sixties to the current day. It starts with the arrival of jet airliners, covers the 'second' jet age of wide-bodied plane corresponding to the Boeing 747 and DC-10, and closes with the advent of the 'third' jet age, which starts with the double-decked mammoth Airbus A380. This reference booklet, overlaying airways around the world, is the final word source for info on sleek air delivery. the amount additionally comprises an informative introductory bankruptcy guiding readers from the infancy of flight, in the course of the air-transport craft in use throughout the international Wars, and into the jet age.
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G. (HAPAG), trading as the Hamburg-Amerika Line, was registered to operate passenger services within Germany, using the products of the Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH (the Zeppelin factory), founded by the resourceful Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin on 8 September 1908. Starting with the LZ 10 Schwaben on 15 July 1911, four Zeppelin airships flew within Germany until the outbreak of the Great War of 1914–18. They carried 34,028 passengers (of whom 10,179 paid for the privilege) on 1,588 flights, either on local sight-seeing jaunts or sometimes between German cities.
John Wegg, long-time editor of those last two publications, might well have written this book, if he could have spared the time from producing Airways. I have drawn on the writings in these and other journals, notably by Jon Proctor, the late Terry Waddington, David Forward, and George Hamlin, who have all written extensively about the airlines. This book is also the result of personal interviews and discussions with fellow historians, many of whom I have been privileged to meet during more than half a century of global travel.
More than a few months’ service duration, pride of place must go to the St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line, founded by Percy Fansler in St. Petersburg, Florida, toward the end of 1913. This diminutive company began on 1 January 1914, flying across Tampa Bay with equally diminutive Benoist flying boats, most of them seating only a single passenger. Had the pilot, Tony Jannus, not been killed later in Russia, he would have become as famous as Charles Lindbergh. The distance between St. Petersburg and Tampa was 17 miles, and the air trip saved a 40-mile circuitous road or rail journey around the perimeter of Tampa Bay.
Airlines of the Jet Age: A History by R. E.G. Davies