This is the second volume of the illustrated history of the 20th century aviation. It covers the development of aviation between the two World Wars. Aviation Century: The Golden Age is filled with tales of romance and adventure, of daring and bravado, as pilots break records, astound the public and prepare for war on a global scale. Their achievements became the stuff of legend, and their aircraft revered artifacts of a Golden Age. Between the World Wars a new wave of aviation pioneers took the technological advances forged in the heat of battle and applied them to aircraft in exciting new ways: they raced to be the first to fly over oceans, cross jungles and ice caps, look down on the continents' highest peaks, and travel distances faster than ever before. Dan Patterson's photographs of preserved and restored aircraft in museum and private collections are combined with rare archive shots.