Propliners of the World Vol. 1

Published: March 29th, 2012     
Author: Gerry Manning
Reviewed by: Hub Plott - IPMS# 31328
ISBN #: 978-0-9554268-4-1
Other Publication Information: Softcover, 95 pages, 75 color and b&w photos
Price: $19.95
Product provided by: Specialty Press

This book is a photographic look at classic prop driven aircraft around the world. Some of the aircraft covered in volume one are the DC-3, DH Beaver, Twin Otter, Beech 18, Norseman, and Connie, as well as some of the early turbo-props.

Chapter one is a photo essay on the venerable DC-3, covering both restored examples and those still earning a living, as well as the turbo-prop variants. Over one third of the book is devoted to the DC-3.

Chapter two covers bush and floatplane operations, predominantly in Canada and Alaska. All the classics are here in photos - the Otter, Beaver, Goose, Albatross, and more.

Chapter three covers the preserved prop liners and pleasure flyers. Beautiful color photos of preserved Connies, DC-4, 6 & 7s, Convair 580s, Martin 4-0-4, as well as Ju-52s and many others are here.

Volume one concludes with chapter four, covering the early turbo-props of both Western and Soviet design. This includes a few earlier piston-engine aircraft that were converted.

The book will appeal to the aviation historian, aircraft buff, and modeler alike. The book contains a lot of gorgeous photography that is sure to inspire those who build models of civil aircraft or who may want a pleasant diversion from their military modeling. I can recommend the book to anyone who likes photographs of classic aircraft. The book is available from Specialty Press through their website. Our thanks go to Specialty Press for the review copy and to IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review it.

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