The human conquest of the skies is a story of unparalleled achievement. Ultimate Aircraft charts every key step in the absorbing progression from the first fragile and experimental gliders to the first fragile and experimental gliders to the high-capacity airliners of today's multibillion-dollar industry.
Gallery of the World's Most Famous Aircraft: In an incredibly diverse collection of specially commissioned large-format photographs, significant aircraft are depicted in pinpoint detail, with performance capability and unique engineering features highlighted. The Ford Tri-motor, Boeing B-17G, Lockheed SR-71A, Bae Harrier GR.5, Boeing 747, and Lockheed F-117 Stealth Fighter are among he extraordinary machines profiled. The clear, chronological arrangement makes it easy to trace the development of civil and military aircraft through the ages, and archive photographs and historic prints bring vividly to life the enduring romance of air travel.
Aviation Innovators: An extensive biographical section profiles the major designers, engineers, and pilots who changed the face of transportation around the world and helped shape history. From the Wright brothers to Chuck Yeager, each is profiled in detail, making Ultimate Aircraft a definitive reference to aviation history.
Author Biography: Phillip Jarrett was assistant editor of Aeroplane Monthly magazine from its foundation in 1973 until 1980, before serving ten years as production editor of Flight International magazine. Now a freelance writer and editor, he has produced countless articles and papers on a wide variety of aeronautical subjects, as well as lecturing on aviation topics. Author of Another Icarus: Percy Pilcher and the Quest for Flight, published by the Smithsonian Institution in 1987, he is currently series editor for the authoritative Putman History of Aircraft Volumes.