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The god machine : from boomerangs to black hawks, the story of the helicopter

Author: James R Chiles
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Bantam Book, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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History has known few more inventive minds than those responsible for the helicopter, mankind's most versatile flying machine. From the aerodynamic artistry of Leonardo da Vinci, through the futuristic tales of Jules Verne, to the prototypes built by the horde of rotationally obsessed enthusiasts who followed, here is the definitive story of a modern icon. Proposing that humans could hover in the air by hanging a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Nonfiction
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James R Chiles
ISBN: 9780553804478 0553804472 9780553383522 0553383523
OCLC Number: 148892363
Description: 354 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : "Why the Birds Sing" --
Preflight --
The Icarian sea --
A new natural power --
Breakout --
Automobile of the air --
Jules Verne in a suitcase --
Filling the sky --
The race --
The tyrant --
Operation Chopper --
Last man out --
Back in the world --
Chariots of the gods --
Something to watch over me --
The great stick --
Conclusion --
Appendix 1 : Timeline of the helicopter --
Appendix 2 : Cast of notable helicopters.
Responsibility: James R. Chiles.
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History has known few more inventive minds than those responsible for the helicopter, mankind's most versatile flying machine. From the aerodynamic artistry of Leonardo da Vinci, through the futuristic tales of Jules Verne, to the prototypes built by the horde of rotationally obsessed enthusiasts who followed, here is the definitive story of a modern icon. Proposing that humans could hover in the air by hanging a fuselage beneath large spinning blades requires a substantial leap of the imagination--not to mention a pile of precision gadgetry. This book bears witness to the challenge of turning the earliest "rotating wing" aircraft into the helicopters of today.--From publisher description.

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