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Overview

The Enterprise of Flight is a highly praised contribution to the literature on American aviation and space exploration history. In a new introduction for this paperback edition, Roger E. Bilstein explains how international competition has affected American aerospace and airline manufacturers and updates the ongoing controversy over the high cost of military aircraft such as the F-12 Raptor.

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Editorial Reviews

Technology and Culture
. . . establishes Bilstein as the most accessible guide to American aerospace history.
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A masterly synthesis by a master historian (Lewis, David)

Making stunning use of recently available documents and scholarly writings, this book succeeds in capturing the essence of a major American technological enterprise. (Roger D. Launius)

. . . establishes Bilstein as the most accessible guide to American aerospace history. (Technology And Culture)

Technology and Culture
. . . establishes Bilstein as the most accessible guide to American aerospace history.
David Lewis
A masterly synthesis by a master historian.
Roger D. Launius
. . . an exquisite synthesis of a complex and fascinating subject in the history of twentieth-century America.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560989646
  • Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press
  • Publication date: 9/17/2001
  • Series: Smithsonian Hist Avtn Spaceflt Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger E. Bilstein is Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. He is the author of seven previous books on aviation and the aerospace industry.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 1. The Flamboyant Years, 1900-1919 Chapter 3 2. Outlines of an Industry, 1919-1933 Chapter 4 3. Aviation and Airpower, 1933-1945 Chapter 5 4. Cold War Responses, 1945-1969 Chapter 6 5. Rockets and Space, 1926-1969 Chapter 7 6. Airlines and Light Planes, 1945-1969 Chapter 8 7. Changing Horizons, 1970s/1980s Chapter 9 8. Global Perspectives, 1980s/1990s Chapter 10 9. Twenty-First-Century Transitions Chapter 11 Appendix Chapter 12 Chronology

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