For the Greatest Achievement: A History of the Aero Club of America and the National Aeronautic Association

For the Greatest Achievement: A History of the Aero Club of America and the National Aeronautic Association

by Bill Robie, Bill Robie
     
 

The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) is the oldest national aviation organization in the United States. Founded in 1905 as the Aero Club of America by a group of forward-thinking businessmen - including John Jacob Astor, Phillip T. Dodge, and William K. Vanderbilt, Jr. - eager to promote the development of the then-radical technology of powered flight, the NAA… See more details below

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The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) is the oldest national aviation organization in the United States. Founded in 1905 as the Aero Club of America by a group of forward-thinking businessmen - including John Jacob Astor, Phillip T. Dodge, and William K. Vanderbilt, Jr. - eager to promote the development of the then-radical technology of powered flight, the NAA has seen its mission, its membership, and its mindset evolve over the decades. Originally formed to promote the safe, scientific development of aviation in America, the club certified pilots and issued flying licenses for more than twenty years before the U.S. government assumed this responsibility. Equally important, the Aero Club/NAA has served the United States as the national representative to the Federation Aeronautique Internationale since the club's founding. NAA members lobbied for legislation to make flying safe and practical and pressured Congress to allot funds to develop an air force before the military was interested in doing so. These contributions and the unwavering belief in the importance and future of aviation led the way for today's military, sport, and commercial aviation industries. For the Greatest Achievement chronicles the history of the NAA - and thus the history of aviation in America - from the first balloon flights, the initial controversy over what transpired at Kitty Hawk, and the barnstorming of the "Gypsy" stunt fliers, to the buildup of America's air forces through two world wars, the race into space, and the explosion of new aviation technologies on the eve of the twenty-first century. In sidebars throughout the book, Bill Robie highlights winners of the Collier Trophy - America's most prestigious aviation award, presented annually "for the greatest achievement in aviation in America." Sixteen pages of vintage photographs also trace the progress of America's aviation heritage. The book presents the most comprehensive list ever published of early aviation license hold

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Surveys many of the key events in aviation history, but the focus is on the organizations and their membership, and the intent is not a comprehensive survey of American aviation history. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560981879
Publisher:
Smithsonian Institution Press
Publication date:
03/01/1993
Pages:
378
Product dimensions:
6.27(w) x 9.31(h) x 1.36(d)

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