Bay, historic home to Indians, pirates and smugglers, is the romantic
for a glittering parade of famous people who interacted during Santa
Island’s aviation history. The Knights of Avalon is a fascinating
adventure story of the 20th century, showcasing the flying boats and
pilots that evoke memories of exciting times and places. Aviation
Glenn Martin, Donald Douglas, and other notables such as stars Charlie
Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Ronald Reagan and even the Wrigley family
their Chicago Cubs baseball team all played their parts.
with the visionary inventors at the birth of aviation, and progressing
to the navigation of the world’s great oceans, this book furnishes a
look at what is widely known as “the Golden Age of Aviation.” Aircraft
designers William Boeing, Leroy Grumman, and Igor Sikorsky are also
Explore the spectacular rise and rapid disappearance of the flying boat
from the world scene and learn “the rest of the story” of the how the
flying boat made in America came to be owned by actress Maureen O’Hara.
the unique perspective of working for Catalina Air Lines for seven
the author, David Johnston, highlights the personal backgrounds and
of the “Knights” — five “water pilots” and one stewardess who all
contributed to the richness of the aviation lore of the island. Also
are many humorous stories about some of the supporting cast for these
the “dock boys” in Avalon bay.
Dick Probert at the controls of his Sikorsky VS-44A flying boat as he
off from Avalon Bay, Santa Catalina Island, California in 1965.
conquest of the air, with its profoundly important influence on the
of humanity will remain one of the outstanding facts of the twentieth
- Igor Sikorsky (1938)
of Avalon" Book
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