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"A superb storyteller, Philip Handleman reveals his inveterate love of aviation in this wonderfully human portrait of the heroes of flight. His thoughtful insight ...
"A superb storyteller, Philip Handleman reveals his inveterate love of aviation in this wonderfully human portrait of the heroes of flight. His thoughtful insight combines with Craig Kodera's magnificent drawings to create an invaluable book for children--and a refresher course for adults. Every parent and every library must have this book!"
--Walter J. Boyne, author/historian and former director of the National Air and Space Museum
In this celebration of humankind's ascent into the skies, readers embark on an incredible journey through the history of modern aviation, from a time when planes were only a dream to the daring aerial stunts of Roscoe Turner, who clocked an average speed of 283.4 miles per hour in the air, setting a new speed record for his generation. From Wilbur and Orville's shaky first flights at Kitty Hawk to the inspirational resolve of Bessie Coleman, the first African-American woman to earn a pilot's license, this work remembers the lives and innovations of the men and women who have commanded the skies throughout history.