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When the China Clipper shattered aviation records on its maiden six-day flight from California to the Orient in 1935, the flying boat became an instant celebrity.

This lively history by Robert Gandt traces the development of the great flying boats as both a triumph of technology and a stirring human drama. He examines the political, military, and economic forces that drove its development and explains the aeronautical advances that made the aircraft possible.

©1991 Robert Gandt (P)2015 Robert Gandt

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A good read

Lots of information and technology looked at and presented in a well organized format. I enjoyed listening to the back story .

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This book is amazing

When it ended I was sad because i wanted to keep listening to it!! I love this book and will read it again in a heart beat!!!!

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  • Nick3
  • Boston, MA
  • 11-29-16

Overall worth a listen

I love books on the history of flight, especially PanAm and the seaplane clippers. I was very excited for this book. However the narrator's voice is just too dry. It's like listening to a bad lecture in a classroom. Its especially hard to follow when the book gets into heavy facts like seaplane model numbers.

Overall i enjoyed the book and learned some great things about the early days of international travel. I just feel it could have been better having been read with a bit more life.

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  • Ryan
  • Washougal, WA United States
  • 02-27-16

Excellent overview of commercial flying boats in history

I enjoyed the book. It certainly covered the topic in earnest. Naration was ok. History was not kind to the flying boats.

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  • D.
  • Poway, CA
  • 02-21-16

Great historical background

Great book for the history if flying boats and great tie in with the war. Id listened to his book SkyGods about Pan Am so some was repeat. If you like flying boats .. Listen to this book

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  • 09-03-16

terrible reading

stopped part way through as we couldn't stand the appealing narration any longer.
shame as the story is interesting

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