Great Aviators and Epic Flights

Great Aviators and Epic Flights

by Von Hardesty, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
     
 

Flight is now so universal that it reaches into every corner of life, from transportation and commerce to diplomacy and defense. Great Aviators and Epic Flights celebrates 18 of the most significant flights of the twentieth century. Beginning with the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk, the book traces spectacular technological achievements and feats of human courage…  See more details below

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Flight is now so universal that it reaches into every corner of life, from transportation and commerce to diplomacy and defense. Great Aviators and Epic Flights celebrates 18 of the most significant flights of the twentieth century. Beginning with the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk, the book traces spectacular technological achievements and feats of human courage through the milestones of flight - Louis Bleriot crossing the English Channel in 1911, Charles Lindbergh and The Spirit of St. Louis, and Valery Chkalov's transpolar flight originating in Russia, to name a few. Also included are insights into how aircraft have been used to bring both destruction and salvation, and to expand knowledge of the Earth and its inhabitants. Von Hardesty's thoughtful text and over 350 stunning color and black-and-white vintage and contemporary photographs give the reader an exhilarating ride through a rich history.

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Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Adding to the growing collection of books celebrating 100 years of flight, Hardesty, in cooperation with the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, focuses on pioneers of the skies. The more than 350 color and black-and-white photos and illustrations show close-up shots of the famous Wright Flyer and the Wright Brothers in various stages of flight; a smiling Amelia Earhart standing next to a 1936 Ford convertible and her Lockheed Electra 10E a year before her ill-fated flight; a proud Louis Bleriot after becoming the first man to fly across the English channel in 1909; and Amy Johnson, who, in 1930 flew from London to Australia in 19 days. A two-page spread of the globe maps these and other historic flights and rescues. While glorifying the flying greats, the author doesn't shy from the disasters, such as the crash of the Hindenburg, in a chapter on zeppelins, or on the Allied bombing of Japan (he includes aerial footage of a devastated Nagasaki). Hardesty does include flying feats that, while they may be minor in terms of distance, are great in terms of humanity. In the chapter subtitled "Flying Against Prejudice," he discusses black pilots such as James Herman Banning, who, along with a few other black flyers, obtained a pilot's license in the late 1920s. (June) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780883635261
Publisher:
Levin, Hugh Lauter Associates
Publication date:
05/06/2003
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
11.22(w) x 13.00(h) x 1.36(d)

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