Flight and Flying: A Chronology

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Flight and Flying: A Chronology is a unique historical reference to the history of aviation through the present day. Beginning with the earliest documented indications of humankind's attempt to take to the skies with crude parachute-like devices, Baker examines in depth the efforts of 18th- and 19th-century European balloonists to achieve controlled flight. He also traces the genesis of powered flight leading to the Wright brothers' historic success at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on December 17, 1903, and surveys aviation through to the Persian Gulf War. Baker's chronology covers every significant event in the history of aviation, including the achievements of individual fliers and inventors, technological innovations both successes and failures, the development of commercial airlines, and the creation of military air forces. In addition, Baker gives specifications for virtually every important aircraft ever designed or built, including the Boeing 747, the Mitsubishi A6M Reisen Zero, the P-38, the L-1011, the Constellation, the B-52, the supersonic Concorde, Zeppelins and other airships, the F-4 Phantom, the Mirage, Soviet MiGs, and hundreds of other craft. Richly illustrated with more than 150 photographs depicting a whole range of aircraft discussed in the text, Flight and Flying: A Chronology is an indispensable record for aviation historians, enthusiasts, and pilots alike.
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For future compilers of chronologies, "Flight and Flying" will certainly serve as a model. Normally a chronology contains dated entries with a mere sentence or phrase indicating what happened on that date. This book goes far beyond a brief statement, giving facts, statistics, and related events In addition to covering some 90 years of documented events of flying, up to 1992, it covers the preflying era--back to 850 B.C.--when men tried to fly using kites, balloons, and dirigibles. Close to 7,000 entries emphasize World Wars I and II and the expansion of civil aviation in the 1920s and 1930s. Rockets, missiles, and spacecraft are not covered unless they have wings and come back to earth, such as the shuttle. Coverage is comprehensive for historic aviators and inventors; commercial and military aircraft; aircraft manufacturers; and specifications for all aircraft mentioned as an entry. Approximately 150 black-and-white photographs serve as illustrations When one begins reading this chronology, it is difficult to stop. Each event is described in detail, interestingly and authoritatively. For example, the entry for A.D. 852 describes the use of a large cloak by the Moorish savant Armen Firmin to attempt flying, thus the advent of the parachute. The entry for December 7, 1941, an account of the attack on Pearl Harbor, provides statistics on the number and type of enemy aircraft involved, loss of men on both sides, U.S. naval ships involved, and total aircraft lost on both sides. Other examples of entries include one for October 21, 1950, when 1,093 paratroopers were dropped in the Wonsan area of Korea; and December 4, 1991, when Pan American World Airways ceased operations With the enormous amount of information contained in this chronology, it is a miniencyclopedia on aircraft and flying. No other book presents the subject in such detail in this format. Through the use of the index, one has instant information on all aspects of flying. This is a highly recommended reference source for all libraries.
Not the slim, rudimentary chronology thrown into so many books, but rather a comprehensive chronological reference compiled from primary sources. Some 7,000 entries and 150 photographs document the evolution of aviation technology. Beginning with the earliest documented efforts to achieve controlled flight with crude parachute-like devices through the most advanced current developments in military and commercial aviation, the volume covers such topics as 18th- and 19th-century balloon expeditions, the rise and fall of great airlines and aircraft manufacturers, aircraft design specifications, and the major incidents and developments in the history of military aviation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816018543
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/1994
  • Pages: 549
  • Age range: 14 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.86 (w) x 11.26 (h) x 1.39 (d)

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