Aviation: An Historical Survey from Its Origins to the End of the Second World War

Aviation: An Historical Survey from Its Origins to the End of the Second World War

by Charles H. Gibbs-Smith




In this classic account, Charles Gibbs-Smith traces the story of aviation from the invention of the kite in China through to the beginnings of the jet age. In particular, the book gives a lovingly-reconstructed account of the experiments, disasters and successes in many countries which culminated in the achievement of a genuine flying machine by the Wright brothers in the United States. A large part of Gibbs-Smith's story also covers the early years of aviation before 1914. This period, rich in eccentric characters and extraordinary efforts, laid the foundation for future progress. The second edition of Gibbs-Smith's authoritative text, out of print for many years, is here republished with a number of new illustrations. It will delight a new generation of aviation enthusiasts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781900747523
Publisher: Science Museum
Publication date: 11/28/2003
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 7.14(w) x 10.02(h) x 0.92(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to Second Edition6
1Dreams, myths and devices11
2From classical antiquity to the end of the sixteenth century15
3The seventeenth century21
4The eighteenth century24
5Cayley, and the first half of the nineteenth century34
6The 1850s and 1860s46
7The 1870s56
8The 1880s66
9The powered prelude to practical flying: 1890-190372
10The gliding prelude to practical powered flying89
11The Wright brothers and the invention of the practical aeroplane: 1899-1905113
12The beginnings of practical aviation in Europe: 1902-08127
13The aeroplane as an accepted vehicle: 1909167
14Practical powered flying: 1910-14183
15The First World War: 1914-18207
16Between the wars: the first period: 1919-29216
17Between the wars: the second period: 1930-39231
18The Second World War: 1939-45244
Table of powered flights256
Further reading288

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