Aviation: A Smithsonian Guide

Aviation: A Smithsonian Guide

by Donald S. Lopez
     
 

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Aviation From the winged gods of mythology to the technology of the Stealth Bomber, Aviation: A Smithsonian Guide presents the thrilling panorama of world aviation. It combines fast-paced narrative by Flying Tiger pilot Don Lopez with stunning color visuals from the National Air and Space Museum. The Complete Story Seven thematic sections detail landmark events

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Aviation From the winged gods of mythology to the technology of the Stealth Bomber, Aviation: A Smithsonian Guide presents the thrilling panorama of world aviation. It combines fast-paced narrative by Flying Tiger pilot Don Lopez with stunning color visuals from the National Air and Space Museum. The Complete Story Seven thematic sections detail landmark events, technological advances, and the drama of the men, women, and aircraft that soared ever higher, farther, and faster. Here are balloonists and barnstormers, stunt fliers and jet pilots, the Wright Brothers, Amelia Earhart, Chuck Yeager, and many more. Fact boxes and diagrams explain such concepts as wing design and jet propulsion, while two-page portraits feature planes. Aviation includes more than 350 illustrations, photographs, and other artworks. Events that shaped the course of aviation are presented in an 8-page foldout illustrated timeline, an instant reference to the entire subject. The 40-page photo glossary offers easy identification and concise explanations of technical and scientific terms, plus biographies of major people. Entertaining and understandable, this information-packed guide will be read and referred to again and again. Authoritative • Readable • Easy to Use Each Smithsonian Guide provides a concise, easy-to-follow introduction to a complex subject. With lively text by the nation's leading experts and illustrations and photographs from Smithsonian collections, the series forms a unique home-reference library.

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This chronological survey of aviation, illustrated with color and b&w photos, combines narratives on firsts and fliers with articles on technological advances, and profiles fliers and their aircraft, including barnstormers, the Wright Brothers, Amelia Earhart, and Chuck Yeager. Fact boxes and diagrams explain concepts such as wing design and jet propulsion, and two-page portraits detail features of various airplanes. Includes a glossary and a fold-out chronology. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780028600062
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/29/1995
Series:
Smithsonian Guides
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.31(w) x 9.08(h) x 0.96(d)

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