Flight

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Prepare to scramble! From man's first attempts at flight to the exploits of the space shuttle and the elusive stealth bomber, this is a generously illustrated compendium of the world of flight. Flight not only gives aspiring young pilots an insider's look at aircraft and how they have evolved, but also explores the role of aircraft in the history of warfare and civil aviation. Detailed artwork brings to life all kinds of aircraft from wide-body jetliners to spaceplanes of the future. An incredible array of flying...

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Overview

Prepare to scramble! From man's first attempts at flight to the exploits of the space shuttle and the elusive stealth bomber, this is a generously illustrated compendium of the world of flight. Flight not only gives aspiring young pilots an insider's look at aircraft and how they have evolved, but also explores the role of aircraft in the history of warfare and civil aviation. Detailed artwork brings to life all kinds of aircraft from wide-body jetliners to spaceplanes of the future. An incredible array of flying machines and famous pilots are covered, including the inventive designs of da Vinci, the Wright brothers first Flyer, the fastest fighter planes, and the amazing vertical takeoff aircraft of today. A fact-filled reference section at the back of the book includes an illustrated timeline, glossary, and index. The perfect gift for the budding aviator.

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In a little less than one hundred years, aviation has progressed from an experimental process to an everyday fact of life. When the Wright brothers made their first flight it lasted twelve seconds and covered approximately 120 feet. A modern 747-jet airliner is so large that the entire Wright brothers' flight could have been contained in the jumbo jet's fuselage. Mankind has taken the scientific concepts of lift, drag and thrust and created an armada of airplanes, each of which has unique features. Military jet fighters travel at nearly 1,400 miles per hour and are flown by highly trained pilots. Stealth technology allows some modern jet aircraft to fly undetected because of their amazing construction. In the future, passengers may ride in rocket-powered aircraft that will skirt the upper reaches of the atmosphere at over 6,000 miles per hour. With this handy illustrated book, readers with an interest in flight will be in for a treat. The author presents some of the key developments in manned aircraft in an easy-to-understand fashion. Sections about safety, flight principles, military usage and many other areas are brought to life through a steady narrative and numerous visual images. This informative book provides a good introduction to the fascinating topic of flight. 2001, Kingfisher, $16.95. Ages 8 to 10. Reviewer:Greg M. Romaneck
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Gr 4-7-These large-sized, profusely illustrated surveys cover the same territory, but with very different emphases. Both are organized as sequences of topical spreads, on each of which large pictures of aircraft or spacecraft and smaller scenes or schematics mingle with detailed explanatory captions. Flight, aimed at somewhat less proficient readers, takes an overall subject approach, devoting one section to military uses of flight, four to civil or research aviation, then closing with a gallery of pioneer machines. Its art, which is mostly painted or computer generated, has a clean, uncluttered look. In contrast, The Book of Flight is a photo-documentary, with a chronological structure, more images per page on average, and relatively more space allotted to fighting machines and those designed to travel into space. It focuses largely on the United States's contributions to aviation and astronautics. Flight has but half the page count, but takes a more international view and contains information-on hang gliding, for instance, and NASA's recent cancellation of the X-33 space-plane project-which is missing from the Smithsonian title. The differences between the two books are enough to make them complementary, rather than rival, additions to library collections; consider Flight as a systematic, visually appealing update for older picture albums, and even though there is little new material in The Book of Flight, the dramatic, sharply detailed illustrations make it a viable alternative to Century of Flight (Time-Life, 1999).-John Peters, New York Public Library Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753453261
  • Publisher: Kingfisher
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Series: Single Subject Reference Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 9 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.05 (w) x 11.91 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Graham
Ian Graham is an experienced author of illustrated nonfiction books on a wide range of topics, including aviation and spaceflight. In 25 years, he has written more than 200 books and numerous magazine articles.
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