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  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Mushroom Model Publications (24 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8363678066
  • ISBN-13: 978-8363678067
  • Product Dimensions: 29.7 x 21.3 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 236,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gerard Bousquet is a keen student of aviation history, with a long-time interest in French military aircraft. He has published several books on this topic in Spanish.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Barry W on 3 Feb. 2014
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An excellent book on a lesser-known subject. Beautifully printed, with interesting text and first class diagrams and photographs on a little known subject. Did you know the French had flying boats in World War 11? Well, there you go.
A great addition to my flying boat library.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul R. Artac on 31 Dec. 2013
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Excellent drawings of the aircraft covered by this book plus a very detailed history of there design and usage. Highly recommend to any one interested in flying boats.
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Excellent book. Covers the subject very well' with some beautiful illustrations.I've thoroughly enjoyed the book and will no doubt continue to derive pleasure from it. G.Keable.
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Amphibulous! 13 Feb. 2014
By John Fisher - Published on Amazon.com
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This book covers every flying boat ordered by the French Navy from 1920 until the beginning of WWII, including some that existed only as plans. The syntax of the English translation is a little peculiar, but that's just part of the charm. You can be pretty sure you'll be the expert amongst your peers on the subject if you buy this book - and who wouldn't like to be an expert on French flying boats?
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A Welcome Treasure 1 Feb. 2014
By Phil Garn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
For decades, I have seen bits and pieces on French World War II era flying boats- a piece in “Air Enthusiast” here, a profile and photos in a Squadron book there, some information in the Hikioki “KG 200” book and small segments and color drawings in the Macmillan and Rand McNally World Aircraft books. So I was very excited to see Gerard Bousquet’s “French Flying Boats of WWII” advertised as a pre-order on Amazon in 2013. While waiting for the book’s publication, I came across a three volume set of French Flying books in a French aviation magazine this past fall, which certainly had to be the basis for the forthcoming book.

The book met most of my expectations, exceeding some and falling short in others. It’s 232 pages cover French military flying boats and civilian types pressed into military service during the Second World War, not float planes such as the significant Gourdou-Leseurre 832, Latecoere 290 and 298 (for more on the latter types in English see Gerard Bousquet’s very nice “French Wings Latecoere 290 and 298”) or American or British types flown by the French such as the Catalina and Sunderland flying boats. The book includes an introduction explaining the different types of flying boats and contrasting the French with German types, summarizes dispositions and losses before covering the individual types by manufacture and numerical sequence: Bruget Short Calcutta, Bruget 521 Bizerte, Bruget 530 Saigon, Bruget 730 Cherbourg, Bruget 790 Nautlus, Bruget 792, CAMS 37, CAMS 55, CAMS 110, Latecoere 301, Latecoere302, Latecoere 521, Latecoere522, Latecoere 523, Latecoere 611, Liore & Oliver LeO H-242, Liore & Oliver LeO H246, Liore & Oliver LeO H-470, Liore 70, Liore 102, Liore 130, Liore 501, Minnie-Cassin M.C 10/M.R.20, Poetz 452/453, Potez-/CAMS 141, Potez-SNCAN 180, Schreck FBA 17, Schreck FBA 293/294, SNCAC/NC420 and SNCAO/CAO 30 & 300. Paper/wind tunnel model designs such as Breguet 792 and Potez-SCAN 180 are included as well as civil boats pressed into war time service. In general, each aircraft type includes information about the requirement for the aircraft, development, operational history with some highlights of service (I wish there had been a little more here, but since the book covers so many types ranging from single aircraft to series with over 100 airplanes it is a lot of ground to cover) ending with dimensions and performance specifications, all supported with generally crisp black and white photos, three view drawings and in most cases color profiles. Some of the missions are astonishing flying from France to Djibouti and then on to Madagascar and back during the Vichy period. The three view drawings give the reader a very good impression of the aircraft’s appearance and are more along the lines of William Green’s “Warplanes of the Third Reich” as opposed to the great scale drawings in a Windsock data file or War Paint book. Some of the drawings are much more detailed than others. The color profiles are very lively, typically arranged vertically on the page depicting the aircraft in various liveries, such as Air France, 1939-1940 French Naval, Vichy period or Luftwaffe markings. There is mention of Luftwaffe use as well as black and white photos and some substantial profile coverage especially for the Liore & Oliver LeO H-246 (four separate profiles of the German aircraft as well as four of French and Vichy French aircraft) as well as black and white photos of flying boats pressed into German service such as the single engined Lorie 130. Sadly, there is no bibliography.

This treasure is well written and smoothly translated. I only found one reference in a footnote to the other volumes (this book combines all three.) The photos, drawings and profiles complement the text and provide a solid overview of the types used by the French during the Second World War and in English! It is well bound and a good value for the flying boat enthusiast.
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Finally in English 13 Jun. 2014
By fred holladay - Published on Amazon.com
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Great pics, good layout, no need for the Larousse any more. Long needed, now more in the same vein on non-US/RAF/Luftwaffe topics.
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Great Book 1 April 2014
By HUAN HUU NGUYEN - Published on Amazon.com
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When this book first come out it cost almost twice what I buy now. Great book with nice information and three view drawings (one or two 3-view is acceptable). The color side view drawings are excellent. Great book.
An extremely detailed look at a little known subject. 4 Dec. 2014
By John Matlock - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Before the breakout of World War II, France had a need for flying boats to cover the coastlines under their control. Not only did France itself have a coast on the Atlantic and the Med, but France also had colonies in Africa, South America, and in the South Pacific. A lot of these areas had no airports to speak of so flying boats was the answer. Still this was a time when the need for air cover wan not well recognized, so then the French turned to industry for aircraft they were met with about ten manufacturers producing from one to a half dozen types of flying boats. These small manufacturers produced during the first four months of the war some 39 aircraft, while the Germans made over a hundred.

This book covers all of the known flying boats produced by France before and during the early months of the war. Each plane is covered by a history of its design and production along with photographs from the time showing what they looked like. Characteristic of the time, a lot of these bear some resemblance to the American PBY -- Catalina. Due to the time frame, a number of the planes were bi-planes with the engines between the wings and the hull suspended below. As is usual with this publisher, this is a well made book with good quality printing on high quality paper, and it covers a specialized part of the industry that isn't well known.
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