Flight: 100 Years of Aviation

Flight: 100 Years of Aviation

by R.G.Grant (Author)


This work presents a journey through a century of flight, capturing the spirit and excitement of aviation past and present, from the Wright brothers' first airborne attempts to the story behind the space race. Bone-jarring moments of flight with pioneers such as Orville Wright, Harriet Quimby and Roland Garros are presented, along with absorbing profiles of the key personalities and the planes they flew. Readers can follow the swift advances in aviation technology that took place with the onset of war, as supremacy in the skies became a crucial factor. Eyewitness accounts and images bring air reconnaissance, aerial bombing and spectacular "dogfights" to life. Adventurous fliers like Lindbergh and Earhart pushed the boundaries even further during the "golden age" of flight in the 1920s and 1930s. R.G. Grant describes how these trailblazers conquered transatlantic routes and paved the way for new luxury passenger jets. The book concludes with a glimpse into the future of flight: from anti-terrorist strategies to light aircraft, pilotless planes and space vacations.


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More Information

Format: Hardcover
Pages: 452
Edition: First Edition
Publisher: DK
Published: 15 Nov 2002

ISBN 10: 0751337323
ISBN 13: 9780751337327

Media Reviews
A lavish and enthralling account of 100 years of airborne innovation, with dramatic images and accounts of pioneering flights and technology, the aircrafts that made history and the pilots who flew them.
Author Bio
Published in association with Duxford Imperial War Museum and Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum