Three Across: The Great Translantic Air Race of 1927 by Norman H. Finkelstein, NOOK Book (eBook) | Barnes & Noble
Three Across: The Great Transatlantic Air Race of 1927

Three Across: The Great Transatlantic Air Race of 1927

by Norman H. Finkelstein
     
 

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It's 1927, and the air race is on! Three pilots compete to be the first to fly across the Atlantic. In the spring of that year, three airplanes were at Roosevelt Field on Long Island preparing for a historic journey—a nonstop flight between New York and Paris. Which plane would be first? Most predicted that the Columbia, with renowned test pilot Clarence

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It's 1927, and the air race is on! Three pilots compete to be the first to fly across the Atlantic. In the spring of that year, three airplanes were at Roosevelt Field on Long Island preparing for a historic journey—a nonstop flight between New York and Paris. Which plane would be first? Most predicted that the Columbia, with renowned test pilot Clarence Chamberlin at the controls, would lead the way. Another plane, the America, was also a favorite. Its crew of four was headed by an authentic American hero, Richard E. Byrd, the famed Arctic explorer. Little was known about the third plane, the Spirit of St. Louis, piloted by a young flier named Charles Lindbergh. Fame and immortality awaited the winner. Based on primary sources, Three Across chronicles the daring feats of these courageous adventurers and the aftermath of their flights. Includes source notes, author's note, bibliography, and index.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathryn Erskine
Another well-researched and well-presented book by an award-winning small press, this volume covers the famous Charles Lindbergh and his not-so-well remembered counterparts, all of whom were instrumental in moving aviation forward in the twentieth century. It is easy to see the appeal of the lanky, good-natured Lindbergh. It is fun to root for him as he competes for the coveted Orteig prize for the first nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean. What's harder to picture is staying awake for over 30 hours by oneself in a plane in freezing temperatures with no side windows and a bank of instruments in front of you such that you could see nothing ahead, except through a tiny viewfinder window. That any of the pilots of the day survived is a real tribute to spirit and good fortune. Lindbergh's major competitors were Chamberlin, who flew farther, but later than Lindbergh, and Richard Byrd, the famed Arctic explorer whose transatlantic attempt ended in failure but with no loss of life. The same cannot be said of other air pioneers, and this book remembers them, too. Replete with photos of the day, this book would be welcome in the library, classroom, and home. Reviewer: Kathryn Erskine
School Library Journal

Gr 5-8

Readers are asked to imagine when flight across the Atlantic Ocean was just an idea, a pipe dream as seemingly impossible as a trip to Mars. It was during this era, the 1920s, when Raymond Orteig offered $25,000 to the first person who could fly nonstop between New York and Paris. Finkelstein focuses on the players in this race, details how they prepared, documents their successes and failures, and records the world's reaction to the feat once it was accomplished. Charles Lindbergh is the most famous figure, but the efforts of others, including Commander Richard E. Byrd, Clarence Chamberlain, and Charles A. Levine are also chronicled. The author writes in an engaging storytelling voice. Period photos that show the key players and details of the planes break up multiple pages of text. Despite the images, there is a textbook look to the layout. Readers are left with a sense of the significance of the accomplishment and of the period between the World Wars when the pilots were embraced by the French and the Germans, and celebrated in America and worldwide for proving that flight had progressed to more than a novelty for thrill seekers. An excellent addition to collections on the history of flight.-Janet S. Thompson, Chicago Public Library

Kirkus Reviews
Finkelstein, author of numerous works of 20th-century history for children and adults, transports readers to a time when new technologies-advanced through war research-promised to change people's horizons around the world. World War I made air travel a reality, but planes couldn't yet sustain long-distance flights that required heavy fuel loads, nor transport passengers. Though the first transatlantic flight occurred in 1919, the more historically celebrated Orteig Prize for a nonstop flight from New York to Paris came to a head in 1927 with three contending teams. Finkelstein describes the financial, mechanical and meteorological complications involved in Lindbergh's triumph and Levine and Chamberlain's and Byrd's flights, as well as the celebrations and debacles that ensued. Though oddly paced (each flight is related separately, in overlapping time sequences), the well-documented text, illustrated with generously sized archival photographs, roots readers firmly in the context of the race, and allows them to develop some of their own conclusions. (notes, bibliography, source notes, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781629791852
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
10/07/2014
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
136
File size:
14 MB
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Age Range:
9 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Norman H. Finkelstein is the award-winning author of eighteen nonfiction books for young readers. He has won the National Jewish Book Award twice for Heeding the Call: Jewish Voices in America's Civil Rights Struggle and Forged in Freedom: Shaping the Jewish-American Experience (both Jewish Publication Society) and the Golden Kite Honor Book Award for Nonfiction for With Heroic Truth: The Life of Edward R. Murrow (Clarion Books). Three Across: The Great Transatlantic Race of 1927 was published by Calkins Creek in 2008. A resident of Framingham, Massachusetts, Finkelstein is a retired public school librarian and a longtime faculty member of Boston’s Hebrew College. Visit normfinkelstein.com.

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