Aviation Century The Golden Age

Aviation Century The Golden Age

by Ron Dick
     
 

A pictorial history of aviation between the 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.

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A pictorial history of aviation between the 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. An unprecedented growth in the manufacture of affordable light aircraft occurred, providing ambitious, extraordinary individuals with the means to conquer the sky.

Aviators 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. Many aviators died trying to achieve aeronautical immortality.

Aerial daredevils entertained a wide audience through flying circuses and air shows. The spirit of adventure thrived after World War II with larger air shows and more thrilling aerobatics.

In this book Dan Patterson's photographs of preserved and restored aircraft in museum and private collections are combined with rare archival photographs.

Forewords for Aviation Century The Golden Age are by aviation legends Alex Henshaw and Tom Poberezny.

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Editorial Reviews

Austin American-Statesman
Great stories and gorgeous photos of planes.
— Jeff Salamon
Booklist
Any readers interested in the history of flying will treasure these profusely illustrated books.
— George Cohen
EAA Sports Aviation
Expertly written... heavily illustrated... you'll find plenty of fascinating text and photography to pique your interest.
E-Streams
One of the best... the perfect gift for any aviator or aviation buff.
— Angela Titone
Aviation History
Superb offering... a rare and remarkable accomplishment.
— Walter J. Boyne
Choice
Informative, readable treatment of an unusually colorful era... well-chosen photos and illustrations are effectively integrated into the text... Recommended.
— R.E. Bilstein
E-Streams - Angela Titone
The competition for aviation readers is bigger than ever, but Ron Dick's The Golden Age is one of the best of those volumes, and the perfect gift for any aviator or aviation buff. It is oversized, but not too big to curl up in a chair to read.
Austin American-Statesman - Jeff Salamon
Great stories and gorgeous photos of planes.
Booklist - George Cohen
Any readers interested in the history of flying will treasure these profusely illustrated books.
Aviation History - Walter J. Boyne
Superb offering... a rare and remarkable accomplishment.
Choice - R.E. Bilstein
An informative, readable treatment of an unusually colorful era of aviation history... well-chosen photos and illustrations are effectively integrated into the text... Recommended.
Library Journal
Aviation historian Heppenheimer (First Flight) begins with those aerial enthusiasts who predated the Wrights and ends with the deployment of Predator drones in contemporary Afghanistan and Iraq. Along the way his coverage includes the flying advances achieved during World War I, the postwar beginnings of civilian passenger service, the contributions of such aviation theorists as Billy Mitchell, two decades of barnstorming and air racing, and the impetus given to aviation as a result of Lindbergh's transatlantic flight. Later sections cover the significance of Allied air power's technological evolvement in winning World War II, the emergence of the jet age, and the use of laser-guided bombs, cruise missiles, GPS-based guidance systems, and JDAM bombs on the modern-day battlefield. Heppenheimer's narrative is well written and effectively highlights the largely black-and-white illustrations of aircraft and corresponding personalities. Although the photographs included are representative, subject specialists may argue that too many have been previously published. In 2003, Aviation Century: The Early Years chronicled aviation history's pioneers and planes. The series now advances with The Golden Age, the rapid development of aviation in the 1920s and 1930s, and World War II. Understandably, there is overlap between Heppenheimer's work, on the one hand, and Dick (American Eagles) and Patterson's two serial installments on the other, but where the Heppenheimer deserves credit for being comprehensive, the latter books succeed owing to their factual detail and eye-catching layouts. Dick's text carries the reader from the antics of the wing walkers and aerobatic pilots of the day to the sheer persistence of such distance flyers as Charles Lindbergh and the crew of the Southern Cross. The vying aircraft in these contests are captured in all of their antiquated beauty. The World War II volume begins with the Battle of Britain and concludes with the Japanese surrender following the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Patterson's (Hurricane: RAF Fighter) color photography combines with works of contemporary aviation artists to depict aircraft vividly from all major theaters of war. All three histories are recommended for aviation, transportation, and military collections and larger libraries generally.-John Carver Edwards, Univ. of Georgia Libs., Cleveland Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550464092
Publisher:
Boston Mills Press
Publication date:
11/06/2004
Series:
Aviation Century Series, #2
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
9.25(w) x 11.25(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Ron Dick served with the Royal Air Force for thirty-eight years, retiring as an Air Vice-Marshal. During his career, he flew sixty different types of aircraft, accumulating over 5,000 hours of flight time. In addition to the five-volume Aviation Century series, he has co-authored five other books with Dan Patterson. He lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Dan Patterson is the recipient of the first annual Combs Award, presented by the National Aviation Hall of Fame and business aviation legend Harry Combs to honor a photographer's contribution to the preservation of America's air and space heritage. Patterson's images are featured in fourteen books. He lives in Dayton, Ohio

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