The Winged Gospel: America's Romance with Aviation

The Winged Gospel: America's Romance with Aviation

by Joseph J. Corn
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801869625

ISBN-13: 9780801869624

Pub. Date: 05/28/2002

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

From the day when two bicycle mechanics made the first flight at Kitty Hawk until the end of World War II, Americans invested extraordinary hope in airplanes, expecting them to revolutionize daily life and transform the world. For many, the flying machine became a virtual god. Exploring these early years of aviation, Joseph Corn describes the fascinating, and often

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From the day when two bicycle mechanics made the first flight at Kitty Hawk until the end of World War II, Americans invested extraordinary hope in airplanes, expecting them to revolutionize daily life and transform the world. For many, the flying machine became a virtual god. Exploring these early years of aviation, Joseph Corn describes the fascinating, and often bizarre, plans for the future of manned flight (including the Depression-era dream of "an airplane in every garage") and brings back to life the famous and lesser-known aviators who became American heroes—Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, Calbraith P. Rodgers, and many others. Rich in colorful detail, The Winged Gospel: America's Romance with Aviation provides a vivid picture of America in the first half of the century and the exuberant and often utopian response to a major new technology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801869624
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2002
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Johns Hopkins Edition
Preface to the Original Edition
I"The Moment of Miracle": Americans Greet the Airplane3
II"A New Sign in the Heavens": The Prophetic Creed of Flight29
III"Let Your Airmindedness Be Shown Forth Among Men": Evangelizing for Aviation51
IVMaking Flying "Thinkable": Women Pilots and the Selling of Aviation71
V"An Airplane in Every Garage?" The Gospel's Most Pervasive Promise91
VIAdults and the "Winged Superchildren of Tomorrow"113
VIIEpilogue135
Notes155
Index179

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