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Encyclopedia of flight
Irons-Georges, Tracy.
Publication Information:
Pasadena, Calif. : Salem, [2002]

Physical Description:
3 volumes (960 pages) : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
v.1. Accident investigation-Guernica, Spain, bombing -- v.2 Guidance systems - Sputnik -- v.3. Stabilizers - Ferdinand von Zeppellin.
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TL509 .E6 2002 V.3 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
TL509 .E6 2002 V.2 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
TL509 .E6 2002 V.1 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Encyclopedia of Flight is designed to be accessible to aviation enthusiasts, general readers, and high school and undergraduate students. Moreover, this encyclopedia also addresses many social issues pertaining to the contemporary airline industry.

Author Notes

James Marchman III is Professor of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering,Virgina Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

This set presents an impressively broad range of information on more than 300 scientific and historical topics related to the field of aviation. Attention is given to all categories and types of civil and military aircraft, principles of aerodynamics, and mechanical and technical aspects of flying. Besides conventional topics one would associate with a resource devoted to flight and aviation, some unexpected entries, guaranteed to pique the reader, include Animal flight, Baggage handling and regulations, Bermuda Triangle, Paper airplanes, "Vomit Comet," Whirly-Girls, and Wing-walking. Relevant biographies of pioneers in aviation and profiles of major airlines are incorporated. Information is current through September 2001. Alphabetically arranged entries--varying in length from several paragraphs to several pages--begin with a brief definition of the topic and its significance to aviation, with dates supplied when applicable. All entries are signed and accompanied by annotated bibliographies and cross-references. Each volume has a list of topics found in that particular volume and two set indexes, one alphabetical and one that groups entries by category. Volume 3 contains a plethora of supplemental information, including a bibliography; a list of Web sites; directories of North American flight schools, training centers, and museums; and lists of international airports, air carriers, and airplane types. Two time lines record events in aviation history and air disasters from 1785 to 2001. This comprehensive reference source would be a valuable addition to public and academic libraries. High schools might consider it, depending on their curricular needs and budgetary restraints.

Choice Review

Aimed squarely at general readers and at high school and undergraduate students, this set attempts in 320 signed articles to span the gamut of aeronautics and manned space flight, including theoretical concepts, practical applications, history, biography, and scientific information. Alphabetically arranged, entries range in length from 500 to 3,000 words, begin with definitions, review unique terminology, provide facts and dates, and conclude with brief annotated bibliographies. Photographs, line drawings, charts, tables, maps, and time lines are included, while sidebars expand on various topics (e.g., the Aeromexico fleet in Dawna Rhodes' article on the Mexican airline). One hundred pages of appendixes in volume 3 offer potted histories, with contact information, for airlines and airports, capsule reports on aircraft, a historical time line, a list of notable air disasters and crashes, and lists with contact information for various agencies and organizations, museums, airports, and airlines. A bibliography, a Web guide, and a glossary are also included. Each volume is indexed, as is the set as a whole. Recommended as an introduction for undergraduate collections. M. J. Smith Jr. Tusculum College