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Wings : A History of Aviation from Kites to the Space Age - Tom D. Crouch


A History of Aviation from Kites to the Space Age

Paperback Published: 17th November 2004
ISBN: 9780393326208
Number Of Pages: 725

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The invention of the airplane ushered in the modern age--a new era of global commerce, revolutionary technologies, and total war. Whatever the practical consequences, the sheer exhilaration of flight captured the imagination. No longer bound to the surface of the earth, humans took the first steps on a journey that would eventually carry them to other worlds. Tom Crouch weaves the people, machines, and ideas of the air age into a compelling narrative. He tells how the enthusiasm of amateurs spawned an industry that determined the rise and fall of nations. Yet this is not a tale of unalloyed progress. Moments of exaltation were tempered by bitter disappointment and stark terror. Blind alleys were the price of technical progress. In the end, there is no more fascinating cast of characters than those who wrote history in the sky. Theirs is a fascinating story of realizing an extraordinary dream and riding it.

Industry Reviews

"Capturing the romance of flight along with successes, failures and many memorable figures from Lindbergh to Yeager, this is a book that soars."

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Prologue: "Well Ned, It's Wonderful"p. 3
Foundation Stonesp. 19
Taking to the Airp. 54
The World Takes Wing, 1904-1909p. 85
From Experiment to Industry, 1909-1914p. 119
Into the Fight: The Airplane at War, 1914-1918p. 151
Laying the Foundation, 1919-1927p. 195
Big Business, 1927-1935p. 239
The Roar of the Crowd, 1927-1939p. 277
Revolutions in the Sky, 1926-1941p. 316
Setting the Stage, 1929-1939p. 356
Battles in the Sky, 1939-1945p. 395
Toward New Horizonsp. 443
From Aviation to Aerospace, 1945-2003p. 487
Cold War, Hot Warp. 537
A World in the Air, 1945-2003p. 592
Conclusionp. 633
Glossaryp. 641
Notesp. 649
Bibliographyp. 677
Creditsp. 691
Indexp. 693
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ISBN: 9780393326208
ISBN-10: 0393326209
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 725
Published: 17th November 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.11 x 15.49  x 5.08
Weight (kg): 1.13
Edition Number: 1