- Hardcover: 168 pages
- Publisher: Zenith Pr (June 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0760303975
- ISBN-13: 978-0760303979
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1 x 10.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,255,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wings of Yesteryear: The Golden Age of Private Aircraft Hardcover – June 1, 1998
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Wings of Yesteryear, The Golden Age of Private Aircraft is the first book I've encountered that focuses on the history of aircraft as private transportation.
Szurovy chronicles the development of private aviation from the early Bleriots to the apogee of aircraft as individual and executive transport in the 1930s and 1940s with superb cabin class aircraft such as the Beechcraft Staggerwing, the Stinson Reliant, the Waco series, and the Howard DGAs. (This latter is an airplane that is often overlooked in aviation history books, but finally gets its due here as the roomy, luxurious, capable, and quite fast airplane it was. And continues to be for those lucky enough to own a restored one.)
The history covers the great sportsman aircraft such as the Monocoupes and continues on through the post-war era that began the popularization of private flying through the less luxurious, but more affordable, easier to fly airplanes like the Cubs, Champs, Ercoupes and Cessna 140s.
Szurovy's chronicle is richly photographed, exquisitely reproduced, and entertainingly written, with plenty of sprightly anecdotes to leaven the thoroughly researched facts.
Its perspective is such that Wings of Yesteryear does not often overlap other histories. And extensive photographs and commentary on restored examples of the great planes refreshes the story. A definite recommendation for the library of anyone who loves the great vintage private aircraft.