At the Controls: The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Book of Cockpits

At the Controls: The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Book of Cockpits

by Eric Long
     
 

This is perhaps the finest collection of cockpit photographs in existence. The Museum (NASM) holds the world's premier collection of historic aircraft, but visitors to the museum must maintain a respectful distance. In At the Controls, NASM photographers Eric Long and Mark Avino use creative lighting techniques and an extremely wide-angle lens mounted on a

Overview

This is perhaps the finest collection of cockpit photographs in existence. The Museum (NASM) holds the world's premier collection of historic aircraft, but visitors to the museum must maintain a respectful distance. In At the Controls, NASM photographers Eric Long and Mark Avino use creative lighting techniques and an extremely wide-angle lens mounted on a short-bodied, large-format architectural camera to duplicate the sensation of actually being at the controls inside the cockpit of 45 legendary aircraft. The reader experiences a pilot's-eye view of the cockpit.

Among the 45 featured aircraft are these history-making planes:

  • Wright Brothers 1903 Flyer
  • Blériot Type XI
  • Fokker D.VII
  • Ryan NYP Spirit of St. Louis
  • Supermarine Spitfire Mk.VII
  • Focke-Wulf Fw 190F-8
  • Ilyushin IL-2 Shturmovik
  • Messerschmitt Me 262
  • Boeing B-29 Enola Gay
  • Sikorsky UH-34D Seahorse
  • Project Apollo Lunar Module
  • Space Shuttle Columbia

Editorial Reviews

American Profile
Spectacular, razor-sharp, full-color, pilot's-eye-view portraits of the cockpits of 45 different aircraft...Aircraft fans will drool.
Science Books and Films
The photographs are excellent ... This is an excellent book for anyone interested in the evolution of aircraft.
— Charles D. Haynes
EAA Sports Aviation
Gives the feeling of actually sitting at the controls of 45 historically significant aircraft. An insightful history of each airplane and descriptions of its controls and instrumentations accompany each photo.
Dallas Morning News
[They] have photographed everything with large-format, wide-angle cameras in front of night-black backgrounds. This lends these tiny rooms a clarity...
— Jerome Weeks
Flyer
Aviation enthusiasts will love [this book]... perhaps the finest collection of cockpit photographs ever compiled.
Globe and Mail
A technical marvel: A single photograph puts the reader right into the pilot's seat... Each cockpit photo is rendered in exquisite detail.
Airforce
Beautifully lit, highly detailed photographs... insightful text on each aircraft. A treat to behold.
— Vic Johnson
Science Books and Films - Charles D. Haynes
The photographs are excellent ... I imagined myself flying all these aircraft ... This is an excellent book for anyone interested in the evolution of aircraft.
Dallas Morning News - Jerome Weeks
This is not just aviation geekery... [they] have photographed everything with large-format, wide-angle cameras in front of night-black backgrounds. This lends these tiny rooms a clarity, a haunting presence.
Flyer (Newsletter of the National Air and Space So
Aviation enthusiasts will love [this book]... perhaps the finest collection of cockpit photographs ever compiled.
Airforce - Vic Johnson
Beautifully lit, highly detailed photographs... insightful text on each aircraft. A treat to behold.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550464825
Publisher:
Boston Mills Press
Publication date:
02/04/2006
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 12.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Eric F. Long is a senior photographer for the Smithsonian National Air and Space Smithsonian Institution. This is his second book.

Mark Avino is chief photographer for the National Air and Space Museum.

Tom Alison manages all aspects of care for the National Aviation and Space Collections at the Smithsonian Insitute.

Dana Bell is the author of 17 books on aviation and an expert on aircraft markings.

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