A brief history of flight: from balloons to Mach 3 and beyond

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Wiley, 2001 - History - 454 pages
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The soaring chronicle of how man conquered the skies Even in these days of frequent flying, the idea of flight still holds a special fascination in our minds. Now, acclaimed aviation writer T. A. Heppenheimer captures the essence of that eternal obsession with a thrilling narrative that carries readers from the dawn of flight to modern day travel. Along the way, readers will meet a host of colorful characters-brilliant innovators Howard Hughes and Bill Lear, "Red Baron" Manfred von Richthofen, and Jimmy Doolittle; plane builders Donald Douglas, William Allan, and Jack Northrup; entrepreneur Juan Trippe of Pan Am; and today2s inventors Paul MacCready and Burt and Richard Rutan. No one who has ever been moved by the sight of a rising balloon, or watched in awe as a jumbo jet gracefully lifts off the tarmac will be able to resist this wonderful history of mankind2s adventures in the air. T.A. Heppenheimer (Fountain Valley, California), has written six books, including Countdown: A History of Space Flight and Turbulent Skies: The History of Commercial Aviation. He holds a PhD in aerospace engineering and is an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Aerospace.

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Airplanes of the Mind
21
The Problem of Control
37
Zeppelins
55
Copyright

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T. A. HEPPENHEIMER is the author of ten books, including Countdown: A History of Space Flight (Wiley) and Turbulent Skies: The History of Commercial Aviation (Wiley), which is under development as a four-part series on PBS. He holds a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan and is an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Aerospace. A freelance writer, Heppenheimer lives in Fountain Valley, California.

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