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A Dream of Wings : Americans and the Airplane, 1875-1905 - Tom D. Crouch

A Dream of Wings

Americans and the Airplane, 1875-1905

Paperback Published: 17th February 2002
ISBN: 9780393322279
Number Of Pages: 349

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When Orville and Wilbur Wright soared over Kill Devil Hills in North Carolina's outer banks and solved the problem of aerial navigation, they wrote the last chapter in a long story. For decades prior, a small community of engineers, scientists, and dreamers-men named Chanute and Langley and Herring-had tried to make the ascent in every conceivable craft, from kites and gliders to an assortment of powered flying models. This fascinating assortment of characters and contraptions comes to life in Tom Crouch's classic A Dream of Wings. In the quest for flight, aeronautical societies were formed and broke apart, successes were celebrated, hopes rose and fell, and lessons were learned and built upon. The dreamers who blazed the path to a flying machine are bravely realized in these delightful pages.

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"A pleasure... turns the magnifying lens on the clan and cultural roots of two unusual individuals....[Crouch] movingly--even beautifully--unfolds their story."--Washington Post Book World"[A] superb biography."

Preface to the 1989 Editionp. 8
Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Huffman Prairie, 1994p. 13
An Engineer Discovers the Airplanep. 20
Experiments in Aerodynamicsp. 42
Chanute and Progress in Flying Machinesp. 61
A Meeting in Chicagop. 78
Boston: The Third Circlep. 101
S. P. Langley: The Scientist as Engineerp. 127
Lilienthal and the Americansp. 157
Chanute: The Glider Yearsp. 175
Herring Alone, 1896-1898p. 203
Two Gentlemen from Daytonp. 223
The Great Aerodromep. 255
December 1903: The Month of the Flying Machinesp. 284
Epilogue: The Old Order Passes, 1905-1948p. 306
Notesp. 311
Bibliographyp. 330
Indexp. 339
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ISBN: 9780393322279
ISBN-10: 0393322270
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 349
Published: 17th February 2002
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.34 x 13.72  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.41