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.

Junkers F13

An all-metal monoplane passenger aircraft, Dr Hugo .Junkers'…

Boeing 247

First flown in February 1933, the Boeing 247 has sometimes been…

Boeing 314

The Boeing 314 "Clipper" flying boat was probably the most luxurious…

Mignet HM.14 Flying Flea

Frenchman Henri Mignet wanted everyone to have the chance to…

Short Empire Flying Boat

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

Junkers G 38

Throughout his career German designer Hugo Junkers toyed with…

Fokker F.VII/3m

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

Supermarine S.6B

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

Macchi MC.72

Designed by Mario Castoldi, the MC.72 was the fastest piston-driven…