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Quest for flight : John J. Montgomery and the dawn of aviation in the West

Author: Craig S Harwood; Gary Fogel
Publisher: Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Wright brothers have long received the lion's share of credit for inventing the airplane. But a California scientist succeeded in flying gliders twenty years before the Wright's powered flights at Kitty Hawk in 1903. Quest for Flight reveals the amazing accomplishments of John J. Montgomery, a prolific inventor who piloted the glider he designed in 1883 in the first controlled flights of a heavier-than-air craft  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: John J Montgomery; John J Montgomery
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Craig S Harwood; Gary Fogel
ISBN: 9780806142647 0806142642
OCLC Number: 775664137
Description: xiii, 241 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The Allure of California --
The Earth and Vaulted Sky --
Tutors in the Art of Flying --
Wings over Otay --
The Internal Work of the Wind --
The Path to Recognition --
Chicago : A Forum for the Outsider --
Other Pursuits --
A California Impetus --
A Rude Awakening --
Going Public --
Tragedy --
Wings in Tandem --
Baptism by Fire --
Birds of Prey --
Evergreen --
Epilogue --
Glossary --
Patents Held by John J. Montgomery.ery 000 Index 000.
Responsibility: by Craig S. Harwood and Gary B. Fogel.

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The Wright brothers have long received the lion's share of credit for inventing the airplane. But a California scientist succeeded in flying gliders twenty years before the Wright's powered flights at Kitty Hawk in 1903. Quest for Flight reveals the amazing accomplishments of John J. Montgomery, a prolific inventor who piloted the glider he designed in 1883 in the first controlled flights of a heavier-than-air craft in the Western Hemisphere. Re-examining the history of American aviation, Craig S. Harwood and Gary B. Fogel present the story of human efforts to take to the skies. They show that history's nearly exclusive focus on two brothers resulted from a lengthy public campaign the Wrights waged to profit from their aeroplane patent and create a monopoly in aviation. Countering the aspersions cast on Montgomery and his work, Harwood and Fogel build a solidly documented case for Montgomery's pioneering role in aeronautical innovation.--From publisher description.

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