Hero of the Air: Glenn Curtiss and the Birth of Naval Aviation [NOOK Book]

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In this biography, William F. Trimble examines the pioneering work of Glenn Curtiss and his role in the origins
of aviation in the U.S. Navy in the years up to and through World War I. A self-taught mechanic and inventor, Curtiss was a key figure in the development of the airplane during the early part of the century and his contributions to aviation are well known. This book s careful examination of his partnership with the Navy breaks new ground in revealing significant new ...
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Hero of the Air: Glenn Curtiss and the Birth of Naval Aviation

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Overview


In this biography, William F. Trimble examines the pioneering work of Glenn Curtiss and his role in the origins
of aviation in the U.S. Navy in the years up to and through World War I. A self-taught mechanic and inventor, Curtiss was a key figure in the development of the airplane during the early part of the century and his contributions to aviation are well known. This book s careful examination of his partnership with the Navy breaks new ground in revealing significant new details of his contributions. Curtiss s links to the Navy came as result of aviation advocates within the Navy, chief among them Captain Washington I. Chambers, who recognized that the Navy had special requirements for airplanes and their operations, and for aviators and their training. Curtiss helped meet the special requirements of the service for aircraft, particularly those with the potential for operating with naval vessels at sea or in conducting long-distance flights over water. He also was instrumental in training the first naval aviators. Curtiss and the Navy continued their collaboration through World War I, reaching a climax in 1919 with the first transatlantic flight of the famed Navy-Curtiss NC flying boat.

This book addresses the broader implications of the Curtiss-Navy collaboration in the context of the longstanding
trend of government-private cooperation in the introduction and development of new technologies. It also explores the interactive dynamics of weapons procurement and technological change within a large and entrenched bureaucracy and helps lay to rest the persistent myth that the Navy resisted the introduction of aviation
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"Hero of the Air gives us an in-depth look at a key aviation pioneer who had an immense impact on aviation in general and naval aviation in particular. Although Glenn Curtiss was not the first to fly, one cannot deny his critical role in the early days of flight. William Trimble's biography is a must-read for both aviation and naval historians."

- Air & Space Power Journal

Library Journal
An accomplished trial-and-error engineer, Curtis eventually became one of the most important figures in the early development of both military and civilian aircraft, enduring endless legal battles for the right to build airplanes, which the Wrights claimed, and complex battles with the War Department over design and manufacturing. With the outbreak of World War I, Curtis worked with the navy to adopt the new technology. Recommended for aviation history collections.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612514116
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press
  • Publication date: 7/10/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,315,416
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

A Professor of History at Auburn University in Alabama, William F. Trimble received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Professor Trimble's book, Attack from the Sea: A History of the U.S. Navy's Seaplane Striking Force, was published by the Naval Institute Press in 2005. His book, Admiral William A. Moffett: Architect of Naval Aviation, was reprinted in 2007 as one of the Naval Institute Press Bluejacket Books.

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