|Douglas Propliners: Skyleaders, DC-1 to DC-7|
|Tuesday, 27 March 2012 00:00|
(by René J. Francillon; ISBN 978-0-85733-157-1; Haynes Publishing, Sparkford, Yeovil, Somerset BA22 7JJ; 9¼in x 12in hardback; 360 pages; illustrated; £35.00)
ENTHUSIASTS OF THE Douglas DC series of commercial transports will be delighted to learn that an English version of this tribute to this famous family, first published in a Frenchlanguage edition in 2011, has now been published by Haynes.
The Douglas Aircraft Company was at the vanguard of the most important developments in the US air transport industry during the 20th century, and this is a very indepth study of the world’s first truly modern airliners. It looks at Douglas aviation activity leading up to the first flight of DC-1 on July 1, 1933, then examines the development of transport aircraft right up to the present day.
Just a very quick flick through this fantastic book instantly impresses, as it is profusely illustrated with some 400 photographs, half of which are in colour, and detailed three-view full-page profile illustrations used to good effect. Comprehensive appendices giving full production details of all models from the DC-1 to DC-7, as well as constructor’s numbers, registrations and military serial numbers, first customers, firstflight dates, numbers built and specifications, make this a thorough and authoritative book. A final appendix includes brief details of all Douglas-built aircraft, from the 1921 Davis Douglas Cloudster to the McDonnell Douglas C-17 Globemaster III which first flew 70 years later, in 1991.
The author had 50 years of personal experience with Douglas commercial aircraft and 40 years of access to the manufacturer’s archives, making him an authority on the subject. Douglas Propliners could justly be described as the ultimate record of these landmark aircraft from the golden age of air travel.