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.

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…

Junkers G 38

Throughout his career German designer Hugo Junkers toyed with…

Macchi MC.72

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

Lockheed Vega

The stylish Lockheed Vega was a charismatic aircraft that scored…

Savoia-Marchetti S.55

The Italian Savoia-Marchetti S. 55, a wooden twin-hulled flying…

Bristol Type 138A

The Type 138A was purpose-built for record-breaking high-altitude…

Dornier Do X

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