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Wings : a history of aviation from kites to the space age

Author: Tom D Crouch
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Book : National government publication : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"These pioneers were scientists, soldiers, or daredevils, whose names will echo down through the centuries. There are those, from Sir George Cayley to Wilbur and Orville Wright, who launched the air age. Aviators like Louis Bleriot, Charles Lindbergh, and Amelia Earhart bridged oceans to link nations and continents. Military pilots, from Manfred von Richthofen and Eddie Rickenbacker to Chuck Yeager and John Glenn,
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, National government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Tom D Crouch
ISBN: 0393057674 9780393057676 0393326209 9780393326208
OCLC Number: 52775137
Description: ix, 725 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Foundation stones --
Taking to the air --
The world takes wing, 1904-1909 --
From experiment to industry, 1909-1914 --
Into the fight, the airplane at war, 1914-1918 --
Laying the foundation, 1919-1927 --
Big business, 1927-1935 --
The roar of the crowd, 1927-1939 --
Revolutions in the sky, 1926-1941 --
Setting the stage, 1929-1939 --
Battles in the sky, 1939-1945 --
Toward new horizons --
From aviation to aerospace, 1945-2003 --
Cold war, hot war --
A world in the air, 1945-2003.
Responsibility: Tom D. Crouch.
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"These pioneers were scientists, soldiers, or daredevils, whose names will echo down through the centuries. There are those, from Sir George Cayley to Wilbur and Orville Wright, who launched the air age. Aviators like Louis Bleriot, Charles Lindbergh, and Amelia Earhart bridged oceans to link nations and continents. Military pilots, from Manfred von Richthofen and Eddie Rickenbacker to Chuck Yeager and John Glenn, emerged as great national heroes. Brilliant scientists and engineers laid the foundation for revolutionary change: Prandtl, Rohrback, von Ohain, Whittle, Stack, Karman.

Then there are the industrialists and designers: Fokker, Martin, Zeppelin, Douglas, Boeing, Sopwith, Tupolev, Northrop, Messerschmitt, Piper, Dassault, Readers will find all of them in these pages, along with many others whose names are already slipping from our memory."--BOOK JACKET.

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