High Hulls: Flying Boats of the 1930s and 1940s

Author(s): Charles R. G. Bain 

ISBN: 9781781556917
Copies: 692
The story of the strange and beautiful flying boats from aviation’s greatest age.
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  • A fascinating look at the beautiful and unusual flying boats from aviation’s golden yesterday

  • Profusely illustrated with many rare and unpublished colour and mono period and contemporary photographs

For a time, the flying boat was seen as the way of the future. These aircraft, sometimes strange and foreign to the modern mind, once criss-crossed the world and fulfilled essential roles.

In High Hulls: Flying Boats of the 1930s and 1940s, Charles Bain looks at the golden age of the flying boat, when these sometimes strange and often beautiful aircraft spanned the globe.

These vessels – a combination of ship and airplane – found themselves working as patrol and passenger aircraft, transports and even in combat roles.

This essential book contains their stories with the complete histories of memorable aircraft such as the Short Sunderland and Boeing 314 Clipper, to the craft that roamed the Pacific Theatre of the Second World War, to forgotten giants from Saunders-Roe and even a strange jet fighter that landed like a duck. It even includes the flying boats that keep on flying today.

Each of these aircraft has a story worthy of telling and often a memorable role to play in the history of aviation.

High Hulls: Flying Boats of the 1930s and 1940s delves deeply into a long-vanished part of aviation’s golden age.

BOOK ISBN 9781781556917
FORMAT 248 x 172 mm
BINDING Hardback
PAGES 336 pages
PUBLICATION DATE 29 November 2018
ILLUSTRATIONS 105 black-and-white and 43 colour photographs



Charles R. G. Bain, a life-long enthusiast of aviation, pursued an Honours and Master’s degree in History from the University of Windsor in Canada as well as a degree in Education. His interests are wide-ranging, but the history of flight is, and will remain, his first historical love. Bain spends his spare time reading voraciously, teaching, and speaking on history to audiences of all ages. He relishes the chance to discuss and debate historical topics, and seeks to encourage contact with historical knowledge.