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Insight into a bygone age
on 4 June 2013
This book is a great introduction to the evolution of air travel from short 'joy rides' to serious commercial passenger flights. It provides a fascinating insight into a bygone age where air travel was viewed as exotic, exciting and special in contrast to today where, in developed countries at least, the public have become accustomed to journeys by air.
Despite her aviation museum background, Hadaway doesn't fall into the trap of using too much jargon or aviation terminology and this volume should appeal to a wide range of people in consequence. The book is extremely well illustrated and provides clear, concise information that will be appreciated by newcomers to the subject while those with prior knowledge will still find much of interest.
The illustrations are well chosen. For example, early photographs of Heathrow Airport, which opened in 1946, reveal just how much things have changed over a relatively short period, Heathrow having grown immensely since that time.
This book also contains some interesting facts and figures such as the origin of the phrase 'jet lag' and the fact that the famous Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet was longer than the span of the first flight that the Wright Brothers took in the pioneering days of flight. The fact that the now defunct Concord charged roughly the same amount as the average monthly wage for a ticket at one point also reveals how much attitudes to flight have changed in relatively recent times.
Yet it is the heady days of the 1920s and 1930s, when people dressed in their Sunday best and viewed even a short flight as an incredible adventure, that appealed to this reader the most. This book provides a nostalgic look back into the past that many will find fascinating.
This book is well written, informative and readable. Anyone looking for a concise and inspiring introduction to this subject should look no further!