Chasing Icarus: The Seventeen Days in 1910 That Forever Changed American Aviation

Chasing Icarus: The Seventeen Days in 1910 That Forever Changed American Aviation

by Gavin Mortimer

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Chasing Icarus: The Seventeen Days in 1910 That Forever Changed American Aviation by Gavin Mortimer

In October of 1910, only four years before the outbreak of World War I, nobody knew whether planes, dirigibles, or balloons would prevail. Within a period of seventeen days, this question was on prime display, as the dirigible America tried to cross the Atlantic; huge crowds gathered at horse-racing tracks to watch airplanes race around overhead; and ballooning teams from around the world took off from St. Louis in pursuit of the Bennett International Balloon Cup, given to the balloon that traveled the farthest. The dramatic denouement would stun the country and lay the foundation for the air force. In Chasing Icarus, Gavin Mortimer has plumbed original and primary sources to paint a vivid picture of the launching point of flight, and an indelible portrait of the late-Edwardian world about to explode into war.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802717115
Publisher: Walker & Company
Publication date: 05/03/2009
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 9.46(w) x 6.38(h) x 1.18(d)

About the Author

Gavin Mortimer is the author of The Great Swim. He has written for a wide range of publications, from Esquire to the Daily Telegraph, from BBC History to the Observer. A long distance swimmer, he lives in the south of France.

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