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Dorling Kindersley Limited, Jul 1, 2011 - Reference - 72 pages
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Here is a spectacular and informative guide to the fascinating world of aircraft, from the first powered flight to jet engines. Superb colour photographs offer a unique 'eyewitness' exploration of the history of flight, as well as provide a close-up view of the many different kinds of aircraft in use today, from helicopters to hot-air balloons.

See a Victorian steam-powered aeroplane, a World War I biplane, a jet plane in cross section, what the first pilots wore, how wings provide lift, and what's inside a 'black box'. Learn why early wings needed 'doping', how to keep an aeroplane flying straight and level, and why modern airliners need pressurized cabins. Discover how wooden planes are constructed, what it was like to fly a biplane, how a plane lands and takes off, how a glider works, which plane could be carried on a car, how a helicopter flies, and much, much more.

Explore the fascinating history of human flight and flying machines from the first early attempts in the middle ages to the development of highly advanced instruments and tools on-board the modern aircraft.

This revised and updated edition features a reference section and a giant wallchart to put up and display.

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Established in 1974, DK publishes bestselling, award-winning and visually stunning reference books for adults and children and is fast becoming an internationally regarded content creator and provider across a wide range of media. DK is owned by media group Pearson PLC and is part of the Penguin Group and has offices in London, Melbourne, Munich, New Delhi, New York and Toronto.

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