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Taking to the air : an illustrated history of flight

Author: Lily Ford
Publisher: Seattle : University of Washington Press, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The possibilities of flight have long fascinated us. Each innovation captivated a broad public, from those who gathered to witness winged medieval visionaries jumping from towers, to those who tuned in to watch the moon landings. Throughout history, the visibility of airborne objects from the ground has made for a spectacle of flight, with sizeable crowds gathering for eighteenth-century balloon launches and early  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lily Ford
ISBN: 9780295744551 0295744553
OCLC Number: 1055163215
Description: 224 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Contents: Winged men --
Windbags --
Afloat --
Wind wrestlers --
Air quake --
The joy of the ride --
Aerial nationalism --
'Beware down below' --
The jet age.
Responsibility: Lily Ford.

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The possibilities of flight have long fascinated us. Each innovation captivated a broad public, from those who gathered to witness winged medieval visionaries jumping from towers, to those who tuned in to watch the moon landings. Throughout history, the visibility of airborne objects from the ground has made for a spectacle of flight, with sizeable crowds gathering for eighteenth-century balloon launches and early twentieth-century air shows. 'Taking to the Air' tells the history of flight through the eye of the spectator, and later, the passenger. Focusing on moments of great cultural impact, this book is a visual celebration of the wonder of flight, based on the large and diverse collection of print imagery held by the British Library. It is a study of how flight has been thought and pictured.

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