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Piston-powered Propliners Paperback – 1 Oct 2000

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Airlife Publishing Ltd (1 Oct. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321577965
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321577962
  • ASIN: 1840371617
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 27 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,510,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Between 1946 and the mid-1950s, when the newly invented turboprop and turbojet began to replace piston power, some of the most impressive airliners ever built graced the skies. This work captures many of those beautiful aircraft in colour photographs.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By simon on 28 Feb. 2007
Format: Paperback
Really looked forward to receiving this book, as it promised some great shots from the late 1950s onwards. Whoever scanned the transparencies, however, either did a poor job or the original scans (prints even?) were not top quality. Many are discoloured, grainy or bleached out in the highlights, and one (Overseas DC-4M on page 36) has even been stretched (a dtp mess-up rather than a problem with the orinigal scan by the look of it). Some shots are great, and well-reproduced, but overall a disappointment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A Colorful Tribute to Propliners of Yesterday and Today 27 Jun. 2009
By Daniel L. Berek - Published on
Format: Paperback
Many titles on propliners have been published; however, I admit I can never get enough of these picture books. This particular volume has pluses and minuses.

"Piston-Powered Propliners" is a pictorial history, told in pictures of actual piston-engined airliners taken between 1954 and 2000. That's nearly half a century worth of eye candy; however, as anyone knows multiengined airliners had been plying the skies long before then. Therefore, if you are looking for a complete history of piston-engined airliners, you will have to look elsewhere. The inclusion of photographs taken over such a broad period of time also seems to detract from having a common theme, such as "DC-3 survivors" or "great airliners of the 1950s." To confuse matters, the photos are not in strict chronological order.

What this book does offer is a well-rounded sampling of US, British, and Canadian aircraft, from the Airspeed Ambassador to the Vickers Viking. French and Soviet airliners are notably absent. The pictures, both old and new, are all of very good quality - kudos to the publisher for keeping all photos on single pages, thereby avoiding those dreaded gatefolds that mar pictures of so many other books of this type. The author also deserves high praise for his interesting and very informative captions that accompany each picture, describing the history and the future of the aircraft illustrated. All pictures are of aircraft in service or recently retired - for better or worse, no museum pieces are included, even flying restorations such as the DDA Dakota and Save A Connie L-1049.

In short, despite its shortcomings, this quality book is a treat to aviation junkies such as myself, especially those of us who love old airplanes with big, round engines.
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