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The 25 most influential aircraft of all time

Author: Walter J Boyne; Philip Handleman
Publisher: Guilford, Connecticut : Lyons Press, 2018.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Since its emergence at the dawn of the 20th century, powered flight has profoundly affected the way the world operates. The 25 Most Influential Aircraft of All Time showcases the greatest aircraft ever built and flown. Included are: Wright Flyer, Spirit of Saint Louis, Bell X-1, Douglas DC-3, Boeing 707, Learjet, Mitsubishi Zero, Supermarine Spitfire, Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, P-38 Lightning, P-51 Mustang,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Boyne, Walter J., 1929-
25 most influential aircraft of all time.
Guilford, Connecticut : Lyons Press, 2018
(DLC) 2018003159
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Walter J Boyne; Philip Handleman
ISBN: 9781493026319 1493026313
OCLC Number: 1018239554
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Section 1. On the edge : pioneering platforms. Birth of a revolution : the Wright Brothers and their world-changing Flyer ; The big leap : Charles Lindbergh and the Spirit of St. Louis ; Pierce the sound barrier : the Bell X-1 and the brotherhood of test pilots ; Going hypersonic : higher and faster in the North American X-15 ; Space tourism : from dream to first steps with SpaceShipOne --
Section 2. Airways : commercial platforms. The tin goose : Henry Ford's tri-motor ; A superb combination of beauty and performance : the immortal DC-3 ; Propliner extraordinaire : triple-finned Connie ; Betting a company on a new design : Boeing builds a Jetliner ; Bill Lear takes private flying to a new level : the Learjet ; Cordial intent : the Anglo-French Concorde --
Section 3. Sky warriors : military platforms. A reputed scourge : the Flying Dutchman and the First Fighter ; Pacific menace : the Mitsubishi Zero ; Breakthrough : Spitfire to the rescue ; Beyond the horizon : air power dreams and the flying fortress ; In the nick of time : Mr. Heinemann's dauntless dive-bomber ; Fork-tailed devil ; lightning strikes ; The perfect blend : curvaceous airframe plus powerful engine equals Mustang ; German jet : the Messerschmitt Me 262 ushers in a new age ; An implausible romance : warm feelings in a Cold War B-47 Bomber ; The best bargain in military history : the Big Ugly ; Stealth : the black world's F-117 Nighthawk --
Section 4. Fun flying : trainer/sport platforms. Empowering flight and barnstormer dreams : the fanciful and fabled Jenny ; The man is the machine : Lloyd Stearman and the fabulous biplane he inspired ; Magic : how the Piper Cub spread the dream of flight.
Other Titles: Twenty-five most influential aircraft of all time
Responsibility: Walter J. Boyne and Philip Handleman.

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Since its emergence at the dawn of the 20th century, powered flight has profoundly affected the way the world operates. The 25 Most Influential Aircraft of All Time showcases the greatest aircraft ever built and flown. Included are: Wright Flyer, Spirit of Saint Louis, Bell X-1, Douglas DC-3, Boeing 707, Learjet, Mitsubishi Zero, Supermarine Spitfire, Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, P-38 Lightning, P-51 Mustang, Messerschmitt Me 262, and Piper Cub, to name only a few.

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