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This book looks at the development of transatlantic flight and the numerous attempts made since the invention of flight. It begins by looking at the first attempts made by balloon and airship at the start of the 20th Century, and then the first attempts by plane in the aftermath of World War One, including that by Harry Hawker. It then looks at the first non-stop crossing by John Alcock and Arthur Brown in 1919 and the first airship crossings. Further on it looks at the crossings of the South Atlantic, the first crossings via Greenland, the first solo crossing by Charles Lindbergh in 1927, the disappearance of a flight by Captain W.G.R Hinchliffe in 1928, the crossing by Amelia Earhart in 1932 and the Italian seaplane crossings in 1930 and 1933. At the end of the book is an appendix that lists successful and unsuccessful Atlantic crossings from 1910 to 1934, and black and white photos are dotted throughout the book. This book was presented as a prize in 1937 at Ryhope Secondary School, as shown by the sticker on the second page and the gilded crest on the front cover. The book is in a fair condition, there is notable wear on the exterior cover especially at the edges and spine, where the gilded lettering has also faded. Internally there are a number of partially loose pages (plate between 48/49) but none that are completely loose. The pages are generally clean and the binding, while not strong, is secure. The illustrations are all clear. An interesting read for those interested in aviation history.
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