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Eugene Ely, Daredevil Aviator : First Shipboard Landing and Takeoff.

Author: William M Miller
Publisher: Jefferson : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2014.
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Eugene Burton Ely was buried the day after his 25th birthday, less than a half-mile from where he was born. No sooner had he captured the world''s eye and gained the fame he sought, than he crashed into the earth. Until 1911, the last year of his life, hardly anyone knew his name--a century later, nothing has changed. If he is known at all it''s because he--an Iowa farm boy afraid of heights--was the first to land  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Miller, William M.
Eugene Ely, Daredevil Aviator : First Shipboard Landing and Takeoff.
Jefferson : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, ©2014
Named Person: Eugene Ely; Eugene Burton Ely
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: William M Miller
ISBN: 9781476617985 1476617988
OCLC Number: 891447388
Description: 1 online resource (344 pages)
Contents: Cover; Table of Contents; Preface; 1. Homecoming; 2. Macon, 1911; 3. The Old York Hills; 4. A New Century; 5. Scorching Through the Countryside; 6. The City of a Hundred Hills; 7. 5:12 a.m.-April 18, 1906; 8. Native Son and Daughter; 9. Driving the Right People; 10. Racing Cross- Country; 11. Challenging the Wrights; 12. Dominguez; 13. Wemme Wants a Prizewinner; 14. Crowds Will Flock; 15. "I was fascinated with the idea of flying"; 16. On the Road to Curtiss; 17. O, Canada; 18. "Scrape that golden lining"; 19. "A warm corner in the heart of Father Knickerbocker." 20. "Plucky pioneer conqueror of the air"21. "There's your trouble, Gene"; 22. "The ease of a swallow and the speed of an express train"; 23. Bleak Days at Belmont; v 24. A Little Man with an Aero- Eye and the Plucky Little Woman Beside Him; 25. "He flew off with the greatest ease"; 26. Balmy Southern Skies; 27. Scientific Suicide; 28. A Platform for the Pennsylvania; 29. Two Days Out of Ten; 30. Waiting for a Rainbow; 31. "Easier than I thought"; 32. "Best girl"; 33. "The noble art"; 34. Good Luck Charm; 35. Land of Salt and Snow; 36. Flitting Along; 37. The Wayward Winds. 38. Sailing Air and Sea39. Redemption on an Oregon Trail; 40. Over the Rockies; 41. A Very Busy Month; 42. "We are merely circus performers"; 43. Not for 50,000; 44. "Fate handed me this bump"; 45. "He was just Ely"; 46. Beginning the Afterlife; 47. "They're all gone now"; Chapter Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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Eugene Burton Ely was buried the day after his 25th birthday, less than a half-mile from where he was born. No sooner had he captured the world''s eye and gained the fame he sought, than he crashed into the earth. Until 1911, the last year of his life, hardly anyone knew his name--a century later, nothing has changed. If he is known at all it''s because he--an Iowa farm boy afraid of heights--was the first to land an airplane on the deck of a ship. The threads of Ely''s life have been left dangling for too long. To some, he is the father of naval aviation, the inspiration behind today''s nucle.

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