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Q: Searching for a Sci-Fi Book about airplanes ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Searching for a Sci-Fi Book about airplanes
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Books and Literature
Asked by: madams711-ga
List Price: $25.00
Posted: 15 Nov 2006 14:12 PST
Expires: 15 Dec 2006 14:12 PST
Question ID: 783062
I am trying to locate a book that my boyfriend remembers reading as a
child in the late 1950's or early 1960's.  He remembers that it was
about a giant airplane that other planes took off from and landed on
while still in the air.  I would like to locate this as a Christmas
present for him.
Subject: Re: Searching for a Sci-Fi Book about airplanes
Answered By: bobbie7-ga on 15 Nov 2006 18:23 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello Madams711,

I believe the title of the book is "The Flying Legion," by George Allan England.

A giant aircraft is featured in this book 

?George Allan England was a famous pulp novelist.   ? His early novel,
THE FLYING LEGION, featured a giant airplane filled with adventurers
traveling to Mecca.?

This giant airliner is used for take off and landings of other planes.


?In four minutes the men had safely landed in the lower gallery once
more, and the plane was being hoisted by davits and made fast on the
upper platform, known as the take-off, which served as a runway for
planes leaving the ship or alighting thereon. Over the light-spangled
city the giant air-liner gathered way.?

Some descriptions:

The Flying Legion  by George Allan England

?George Allan England was one of the most popular authors of his time
and "The Flying Legion" was one of his most popular books. It's the
story of a mental and physical giant known only as "The Master" who,
in his penthouse high atop a New York skyscraper, hatches one of the
boldest schemes ever conceived: to steal the treasures hidden deep
within the secret city of Mecca. Together with a team of trusted
adventurers, including "Captain Alden", perhaps the most amazing
heroine in all of adventure literature, they set off in huge,
futuristic aircraft for the East...?

?Here is a dazzlingly prophetic masterpiece that seems almost
uncomfortably timely today. Written in 1920 by George Allan England,
who The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction calls "One of the most popular
SF authors of the first half of the 20th century," The Flying Legion
is, as the Encyclopedia says, "a heist story of the near future
involving advanced weaponry and the theft from Mecca of Islam's holy
jewels." It is an act of sacrilege for whose expiation most of those
involved will pay with their lives, and the few who survive will pay
only with the most harrowing suffering and hardship. No wonder H. P.
Lovecraft praised England as "one of the supreme artists of the
scientific romance." Sam Moskowitz hails it as "The classic of a giant
aircraft and a group of restless adventurers ... with a score of
devices intended to enthrall the adventure-story lover." The Flying
Legion is also an important work of ur-feminism featuring one of the
most uncompromising heroines to be found in pre-1960s science

The Flying Legion was one of the most popular books by one  of the
most popular  adventure/science fiction  authors of the time.

Copies of The Flying Legion are available at Alibris

Abebooks also has a few copies.




Download a free ebook copy here:

Search terms
Science fiction novel giant airplane OR aircraft

I hope this helps!

Best regards, 
madams711-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Bobbie7 answered my question quickly and with enough information for
me to determine that it was correct!!

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