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Bird Is on the Wing: Aerodynamics and the Progress of the American Airplane

Bird Is on the Wing: Aerodynamics and the Progress of the American Airplane

by James R. Hansen
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Product Details

ISBN-13: 2901585442439
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Publication date: 06/17/2003
Series: Centennial of Flight Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

James R. Hansen, a former NASA historian, teaches the history of science and technology and the history of flight at Auburn University. He has written a number of works in aviation history, including Engineer in Charge and Spaceflight Revolution. He holds a Ph.D. from Ohio State University. Hansen has been chosen as the authorized biographer of Neil Armstrong, for a book to be published by Simon & Schuster in 2005.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsvi
Introduction: The Defining Element of a Defining Technology3
Chapter 1The Winding Path to the Wright Brothers15
Chapter 2Reinventing the Airplane41
Chapter 3Breaking the Sound Barrier82
Chapter 4The Supersonic Design Revolution110
Chapter 5The Rise and Fall of the SST143
Chapter 6The Progress of the Jetliner175
Chapter 7The Future of Flight212
Selected Bibliography249

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