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Title:
The risk takers : racing & record-setting aircraft ; a unique pictorial record, 1908-1972
Author:
Cowin, Hugh W.
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Publication Information:
Oxford : Osprey, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
96 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781855329041
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

This book focuses upon two distinct but complementary and in certain cases overlapping aspects of aviation. At the Reims Air Show in 1909, the American Glenn Curtiss and Frenchman Louis Bleriot vied with each other for the speed record and Henry Farman won the distance prize. The first official air races were held in 1911. Why 'The Risk Takers'? There were a staggering 32 aviation fatalities in 1910; CS Rolls (co-founder of Rolls-Royce) was the first to perform a non-stop return crossing of the English Channel; but his Wright Flyer would break up in mid-air a month later. This book illustrates and analyses all such pioneering achievements in precise technical detail.


Author Notes

Hugh Cowin has been collecting photographs of for the last 30 years, a fabulous resource that contributes to the quality and value of the books that he has authored. His previous publications include Observer's Warships, Junkers Early Metal Monoplanes 1915-19, The Directory of Modern Naval Power and Military Helicopters. He has produced hundreds of articles for journals such Air Pictorial, particularly on prototypes, and was Flight International's avionics and systems contributing editor for five years. He has written several books for Osprey, in the Aviation Pioneers series.