Smithsonian Atlas of World Aviation

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This first-of-its-kind, definitive book offers a fascinating textual and visual tour of civilian, military, and commercial aviation from the earliest balloon flights to today's most advanced aircraft.

Featuring 100 newly commissioned and historic maps as well as 200 related photographs, navigation charts, and historic artifacts, the Smithsonian Atlas of World Aviation charts the awe-inspiring history of flight around the world. Dana Bell, a leading expert on aviation history, ...

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Overview

This first-of-its-kind, definitive book offers a fascinating textual and visual tour of civilian, military, and commercial aviation from the earliest balloon flights to today's most advanced aircraft.

Featuring 100 newly commissioned and historic maps as well as 200 related photographs, navigation charts, and historic artifacts, the Smithsonian Atlas of World Aviation charts the awe-inspiring history of flight around the world. Dana Bell, a leading expert on aviation history, explains the fascinating stories behind aviation's great technological advances and provides historic and social context that highlights the many ways in which these advances have changed the course of human history.

Groundbreaking maps and charts include:

  • Locations of first flights and early transatlantic flights
  • Pan American Airways international mail and passenger routes
  • Air sequences of the Battle of Britain, Battle of the Bulge, and Berlin Airlift
  • Modern-day flight charts, national aircraft markings, and civil aviation codes

History's greatest aviation achievements come alive as never before through detailed visualization and compelling narrative. A must-have for all flight and history enthusiasts.

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This well-written, copiously illustrated, slender volume would be a necessary addition to school and public libraries even if there was no narrative, because its outstanding photographs and other graphics are worth the purchase price alone. Bell's writing, however, adds immeasurably to the value of this atlas: it is articulate, clear, informative, and, above all, accurate. The author begins with a succinct history of ballooning and segues to a valuable account of those attempting to master heavier-than-air flight, ending with Orville and Wilbur Wright and their essential innovations and inventions. He covers the relatively slow improvements in airplanes between 1903 at Kitty Hawk and the guns of August 1914, lingering after 1914 on improvements to airplanes during World War I and the interwar period. World War II receives brilliant treatment with subchapters, among others, on the critical Battle of Britain, strategic bombardment, and the cross-Channel invasion at Normandy. Aviation in post-World War II conflicts-the Cold War, Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf Wars-is amply treated. Two elements make Bell's book unique: his substantial coverage of civilian aviation and his graphic treatment of aviation's peripherals: maps, charts, air-traffic control, etc. Teens will understand, enjoy, and appreciate this book.-Alan Gropman, National Defense University, Washington, DC

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780594064442
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/17/2008
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 11.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Dana Bell is a leading expert on the history of aviation. Now retired after thirty years with the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, he was formerly Technical Information Specialist at the NASM Archives and also worked at the U.S. Air Force Still Photo Depository. He is the author of more than twenty books on aviation subjects, including At the Controls; Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Directory of Airplanes; and One Hundred Years of World Military Aircraft.

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