Boosted to unsustainably high levels levelsWorld War I, aeroplane production was drastically curtailed after the Armistice. Air forces were reduced to a minimum and orders were cancelled. Civil aircraft manufacturers found little demand for new products; many of the nascent airlines employed converted bombers, while private owners purchased surplus military trainers for a few pounds. However, matters gradually improved, and the 1920s and 30s blossomed into a “Golden Age” of aviation. In the wake of pioneering long-distance and survey
flights, the larger airlines began casting their networks across and between continents. Meanwhile, record-breaking speed, duration. altitude, and distance flights steadily advanced aviation technology. The large flying boat, with its aura of glamour and romantic adventunre, reached its zenith in the 1930s. Also during that decade. fabric-covered biplanes began making way for sleek, allmetal monoplanes with enclosed crew and passenger accommodation, retractable undercarriages, autopilots, and devices to improve slow-speed handling and safety.

Dornier Do X

When the mighty 12-engine Dornier Do X flying boat made its…

Douglas DC-3

The most famous piston-engined airliner of all time, the DC-3…

Mignet HM.14 Flying Flea

Frenchman Henri Mignet wanted everyone to have the chance to…

De Havilland D.H.88 Comet Racer

The D.H.88 Comet was a long-range racing aircraft designed specifically…

Supermarine S.6B

In the 1920s mihI early 1930s seaplane racers were the fastest…

Gee Bee Super Sportster

The ultimate 1930s American racing aircraft, the extraordinary…

Short Empire Flying Boat

Air travel was never more romantic than in the era of the large…

Ryan NYP

In 1927 airmail pilot Charles Lindbergh decided to compete for…

Fokker F.VII/3m

In the I920s Dutch planemaker Anthony Fokker, who had built…