Fantastic Flights: One Hundred Years of Flying on the Edge

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, 2003 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 40 pages

On December 17, 1903, in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, the course of human history was forever altered when Wilbur and Orville Wright flew the first successful airplane. Since that momentous flight, one hundred years of remarkable achievements have pushed the envelope of human flight. Crossing oceans and continents, circling the world, breaking sound barriers, and even flying into outer space, aviation has truly taken us where no human has gone before.

Patrick O'Brien's impeccable research and dazzling illustrations bring to life the most fantastic flights of the twentieth century—one hundred years of flying on the edge.

 

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Describes seventeen twentieth-century historic flights and their pilots, from the Wright brothers to those of the space shuttles. Read full review

Contents

FIRST FLIGHT
iv
CROSSING AMERICA
7
OVER THE OCEAN
9
SOUTH TO THE POLE
11
FLYING SOLO
13
AROUND THE WORLD IN SEVEN DAYS
15
SHIP OF THE AIR
17
ONTO THIN AIR
19
ABOVE THE SKY
25
HYPERSONIC
27
THE EAGLE HAS LANDED
29
PEDAL POWER
31
SPACE PLANE
33
THE LAST FIRST
35
LANDING ON MARS
37
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
38

FLYING GIANT
21
SUPERSONIC
23

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Patrick O'Brien is the author and illustrator of nine books for children. He dreamt up the concept of dinosaurs in spacesuits many years ago, but it was the irrepressibly zany mind of Kevin O'Malley who finally created the interstellar hero Captain Raptor. Patrick O'Brien lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with his wife and son.

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