A new book, “From Props to Jets: Commercial Aviation’s Transition to the Jet Age 1952-1962,” by Jon Proctor, Mike Machat and Craig Kodera, is slated for release in May.
Although the years from 1952 to 1962 saw the rise and dominance of piston-powered airliners like the Douglas DC-7, Lockheed Constellation, and Boeing Stratocruiser, the new jet airliners soon rendered them obsolete, according to the authors. Aircraft like the Boeing 707, Douglas DC-8, and Convair 880 shrank travel times around the world in half as the traveling public enthusiastically embraced the new jet age. The book takes an in-depth look at all the aircraft that made commercial jet flight possible, comparing the new jetliners with the classic propeller-driven aircraft that preceded them.
The 160-page book features 120 color and 120 black and white photos with 20 illustrations. The May 2010 release is available and may be ordered for $29.95 plus $6.95 shipping and handling.
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