In Corsairville, Graham Coster sets out on a journey through Africa, Florida, Alaska and the Caribbean, seeking out this piece of vanished history and interviewing those who were involved in this operation. He also comes across many who still remember their journey on a flying boat as one of the most thrilling events of their lives. Just as much a history of the flying boat as a travel narrative, Coster cleverly juxtaposes people's memories with the sad tale of the brief flowering of a golden age.
The fondness in which flying boats are still held leads Coster to contend that they now represent an age when the act of travel was thrilling and wonderful, and had not been reduced to the sort of commodified trash which now seems to accompany all journeys. These memories 'were about countless individual destinies, times when history itself happened to people'.
While Coster recognises that some of the attitudes that accompanied flying boats patronised the former British colonies in an appalling manner, he nevertheless evokes a genuine sense of loss at the decline of these early wonders of aeronautical engineering, and has written a book which will appeal even to those who are not remotely interested in aviation. --Toby Green --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
In a remote corner of the Democratic Republic of Congo lies the remains of an Imperial Airways Corsair flying boat, where it has languished since landing in the late 1930s. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jules
Wonderful evocation of a just past era, extremely well written and researched. Anyone who likes old technology should read this and feel the nostalgia flow.Published on 24 Aug. 2013 by Dr R C Vass
I really enjoyed this book. It is a fascinating roll back in time to the era when flying was a luxury (not a cattle class endurance!). Read morePublished on 3 Dec. 2010 by Eric the Red
This book was summarised several years ago in the colour supplement of The Telegraph and I have been searching for it since. Read morePublished on 23 Feb. 2009 by I. Bloese
This book paints a vivid picture of Great Britain in the 1930's, I love the mix of travelogue part reminiscing, it made me wat to have at least seen one of these elegant giants of... Read morePublished on 10 Dec. 2007 by J. H. Turner
This book is an interesting read. It tells the story of flyingboats thorough their early days to the period immediately after the Second World War. Read morePublished on 27 Feb. 2007 by Mr X
The story of the forced landing of the Empire flying boat Corsair and it's subsequent salvage from the Belgain Congo should have been a fascinating read, however this is not the... Read morePublished on 12 Sept. 2006 by Mr. G. B. Baird
Mr Costner's book, though ultimately disappointing to readers with prior knowledge of the flying boat subject, is a welcome addition to the archive of first-hand experiences of... Read morePublished on 9 July 2004 by David Skidmore
Great to read, particularly if you have been to the Southampton Hall of Aviation where they have a whole Sandringham inside and allow you to visit the flight deck too!Published on 2 April 2002