Flight in America: From the Wrights to the Astronauts / Edition 3

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Overview

Roger E. Bilstein's Flight in America has won acclaim as the foremost history of one of the twentieth century's landmark achievements—human flight. In this revised and expanded third edition, Bilstein chronicles changes in military, commercial, and space aviation in the 1990s. He offers a glimpse of the developments one might expect in the new millennium.

Johns Hopkins University Press

Traces the extraordinary history of aeronautics in America and shows the ways in which American culture has been affected by the development of flight technology.

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Editorial Reviews

Museums New York
The standard history of the American aerospace enterprise—with good reason.

— Tom D. Crouch

Technology and Culture

Richly illustrated and splendidly written, Flight in America charts the manifold ways in which the airplane has touched virtually every feature of American enterprise, history, and culture—leisure and business travel, commercial transportation, national defense, and imaginative literature. More than 125 lively photographs document the beauty of flying machines and the daring of the men and women who invented, built, and flew them.Praise for previous editions:"The most comprehensive survey of the history of American aeronautics and space flight yet published.

Journal of American History

Bilstein casts wide and far to net virtually everything from technological trends and research and development to the effect of air travel on the expansion of major league baseball in the 1950s and early 1960s... A superior work that will satisfy aero buffs and professionals alike.

Cleveland Plain Dealer

By far the best book on man and air travel yet written.

Chronicle of Higher Education

For those who won't soon be able to visit the National Air and Space Museum, perhaps the next best thing would be to read Flight in America.

Museums New York - Tom D. Crouch

The standard history of the American aerospace enterprise—with good reason.

Technology and Culture
The most comprehensive survey of the history of American aeronautics and space flight yet published.
Journal of American History
Bilstein casts wide and far to net virtually everything from technological trends and research and development to the effect of air travel on the expansion of major league baseball in the 1950s and early 1960s . . . A superior work that will satisfy aero buffs and professionals alike.
Cleveland Plain Dealer Museum
For those who won't soon be able to visit the National Air and Space
Chronicle of Higher Education
By far the best book on man and air travel yet written. —perhaps the next best thing would be to read Flight in America.
From The Critics
Bilstein (emeritus, history, U. of Houston, Clear Lake) provides a new preface to the third edition of a work originally published in 1984. Expanded to incorporate developments in the 1990s, this history chronicles the evolution of commercial and military aircraft—the changing technologies as well as their impact on the American lifestyle. B&w photos support the text. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801866852
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Edition description: third edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 497,588
  • Product dimensions: 6.99 (w) x 9.61 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger E. Bilstein is a professor of history, emeritus, at the University of Houston, Clear Lake. He is the author of Flight Patterns: Trends of Aeronautical Development in the United States, 1918-1929 and Stages to Saturn: A Technological History of the Apollo/Saturn Launch Vehicles.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Contents:



Preface to the Third Edition

Abbreviations



Chapter 1: The Awkward Years: Early Flight to 1918

Chapter 2: The Aviation Business, 1918-1930

Chapter 3: Adventure, Airways, and Innovation, 1930-1940

Chapter 4: Air Power at War, 1930-1945

Chapter 5: Air-Age Realities, 1945-1955

Chapter 6: Higher Horizons, 1955-1965

Chapter 7: From the Earth to the Moon, 1965-1975

Chapter 8: Aerospace Perspectives, 1975-1983

Chapter 9: Turmoil and Transition, 1983-2000



Notes

Index

Johns Hopkins University Press

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