Realizing the Dream of Flight

Realizing the Dream of Flight

by National Aeronautics and Space Administration
     
 

 

Realizing the Dream of Flight, an anthology edited by Virginia Dawson and Mark Bowles, consists of academic papers presented at a conference celebrating 100 years of flight; it also includes a DVD recording of the conference proceedings. Expertly edited, finely produced, and containing a useful index, this book, like most anthologies, does not rely upon a

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Realizing the Dream of Flight, an anthology edited by Virginia Dawson and Mark Bowles, consists of academic papers presented at a conference celebrating 100 years of flight; it also includes a DVD recording of the conference proceedings. Expertly edited, finely produced, and containing a useful index, this book, like most anthologies, does not rely upon a common theme beyond aviation and space, and the papers vary in quality. The contributors, many of whom deal with their own particular research interests, are highly qualified historians and good writers, but only Alan Gropman has any practical experience with combat aviation.

 

His essay deals with Gen Benjamin O. Davis Jr., a principal player in the painful integration of blacks into the armed forces of the United States and one of the foundations of Gropman's seminal book, The Air Force Integrates, 1945-1964 (1978). The other essay under the category "Military Strategists" (see the book's introduction, p. xi) is Tami Davis Biddle's piece about Gen Curtis E. LeMay, a central player in her important book Rhetoric and Reality in Air Warfare: The Evolution of British and American Ideas about Strategic Bombing, 1914-1945 (2002). Neither Davis nor LeMay was present at the creation of aviation, which had matured a fair amount by the time they got their wings. If the conference needed to include military operators in the story, then one wonders about the total absence of naval aviators.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780160831515
Publisher:
US National Aeronautics and Space Admin
Publication date:
12/31/2005
Pages:
326
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

 

Virginia P. Dawson is the author of Nature’s Enigma, Engines and Innovation: Lewis Laboratory and American Propulsion Technology and Lincoln Electric, a History and has contributed chapters in several collections on aerospace history. She is founder and president of History Enterprises, Inc., http://www. HistoryEnterprises.com, and an adjunct professor of history at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

 

Mark D. Bowles received his B.A. in psychology and M.A. in history from the University of Akron. He earned his Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University in history in 1999. He has also been a Tomash Fellow form the Charles Babbage Institute at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Bowles is the author of Our Healing Mission, a history of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Connecticut. He is currently writing Reactor in the garden, a history of NASA’s nuclear research reactor at Plum Brook station.

 

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