Taking flight : inventing the aerial age from antiquity through the First World War (Audiobook on CD, 2003) [WorldCat.org]
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Taking flight : inventing the aerial age from antiquity through the First World War

Author: Richard Hallion
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : English
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The invention of flight represents the culmination of centuries of thought and desire. Kites and rockets sparked our collective imagination. Then the balloon gave humanity its first experience aloft, though at the mercy of the winds. The steerable airship that followed had more practicality, yet a number of insurmountable limitations. But the airplane truly launched the Aerial Age, and its subsequent impact - from  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Hallion
OCLC Number: 53137430
Notes: Originally published: Oxford; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2003.
Description: 1 audio disc ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: Preparing the way, from antiquity to the enlightenment: Of dreams and desires; Conflicting ideas and societies --
Ethereal flight, inventing the balloon and airship, 1782-1900: Astonishing year; Exploiting the balloon; Quest for steerable flight --
Winged flight, Early conceptions of the airplane, 1792-1903: Sir George Cayley and the birth of aeronautics; Frustrated hopes of French aeronautics; Anglo-American school of power and lift --
Airmen triumphant, Lilienthal, Chanute, and the Wrights, 1891-1905: Lilienthal legacy; Enter the Wrights; "They done it, they done it, damned if they ain't flew!" --
Europe resurgent, 1905-1909: "L'affaire Wright": "The flying industry is already born"; "The age of flight is the age we live in." --
Expansion, incorporation, maturation, beginning the aerial age, 1910-1914: Global expansion; Loss of innocence; Triumphs of speed and distance --
Tennyson fulfilled, putting prophecy into practice, 1914 and afterwards: Into the whirlwind; Grappling in the central blue; Reflections on the beginning of the aerial age; Afterword: Technology of light or technology of darkness?, considering flight after 9/11/01.
Responsibility: Richard P. Hallion.

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The invention of flight represents the culmination of centuries of thought and desire. Kites and rockets sparked our collective imagination. Then the balloon gave humanity its first experience aloft, though at the mercy of the winds. The steerable airship that followed had more practicality, yet a number of insurmountable limitations. But the airplane truly launched the Aerial Age, and its subsequent impact - from the vantage of a century after the Wright Brother's historic flight on December 17, 1903 - has been extraordinary. [In this book, the author] offers [an] examination of aircraft history, stressing its global roots. The result is an interpretive history of uncommon sweep, complexity, and warmth. Taking care to place each technological advance in the context of its own period as well as that of the evolving era of air travel, this ground-breaking work follows the pre-history of flight, the work of balloon and airship advocates, fruitless early attempts to invent the airplane, the Wright brothers and other pioneers, the impact of air power on the outcome of World War I, and finally the transfer of prophecy into practice as flight came to play an ever-more important role in world affairs, both military and civil. [It] leads readers to the laboratories and airfields where aircraft were conceived and tested. [It can] be the standard reference for years to come on how humanity came to take to the sky, and what the Aerial Age has meant to the world since da Vinci's first fantastical designs.-Dust jacket.

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