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A century of triumph : the history of aviation
Chant, Christopher.
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Publication Information:
New York : Free Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
viii, 388 pages : illustrations ; 26 x 27 cm
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Includes index.
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On December 17, 1903, on the windswept beaches of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Orville Wright piloted the world's first powered flight, in one of the most famous moments in history. Within a few short years, airplanes of various designs were lifting into the air over Europe and America. Soon, the entire world was caught up in the fevered advance of flight -- and airplanes, Zeppelins, autogyros, and helicopters were making the world a much smaller place.

To celebrate the first full century of powered flight, the National Aviation Hall of Fame and the Aviation World's Fair, together with World of Wings, Inc., have joined forces with premier aviation historian Christopher Chant and world-famous illustrator John Batchelor to showcase an astonishing march of progress. From the early experiments of gliderman Otto Lilienthal to the moon walk of Neil Armstrong, it has indeed been "A Century of Triumph." Batchelor's over two hundred detailed illustrations, including dozens of cutaway images of aircraft structure, are works of art worthy of the design achievements of the greatest aircraft engineers. From the golden age of Zeppelins to the e

Author Notes

John Batchelor is the world's leading illustrator of aircraft and military images. In addition to illustrating dozens of books he has created postage stamps for forty countries; exhibited his work around the world; and been recognized by the American Institute of Graphic Arts (Certificate of Excellence), the Society of Illustrators (Certificate of Merit), the Art Directors Club (Gold Award), and the Design Annual (Award of Excellence)

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Booklist Review

It started on December 17, 1903, when Orville and Wilbur Wright made their 12-second flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. With more than 200 illustrations, this sumptuous book celebrates 100 years of flying. The vintage black-and-white photographs are particularly appealing: sacks being loaded at night into an early airmail plane and a British flying boat with a bevy of bathing beauties standing on its wings and pontoons, for example. After a lengthy prologue focusing on the Wright brothers, Chant covers every aspect of aviation history: early biplanes, the age of the Zeppelins, the birth of civil aviation, and the beginning of airmail service. He also chronicles the race for speed and distance, World War I and World War II fighters and bombers, commercial air travel, the invention and uses of helicopters, the jet age, and what Chant describes as the modern age of flight with its huge airliners and stealth warplanes. Chant's text, combined with Batchelor's illustrations, offers a vivid history. --George Cohen

Publisher's Weekly Review

Chant, a veteran of over 70 reference histories, and Batchelor, who has designed postage stamps for more than 40 countries, have produced the best overview to date of aviation's first century. From 19th-century experiments to stealth technologies, each illustration-heavy chapter includes explanations of the various aerodynamic and practical problems that were encountered and overcome by a variety of innovations and developments, such as the slotted wing, used to prevent stalling of an aircraft. Milestone events-Bleriot crossing the English Channel in 1909, Lindbergh crossing the Atlantic and Chuck Yeager breaking the sound barrier, for example-are nicely balanced with such less well-known but equally important ones, as the first use of aircraft in wartime by the Italians during their conflict with Turkey in Libya in 1911. The color illustrations of aircraft, including X-ray-like views of intricate engines and other workings, are meticulously accurate and aesthetically sharp (and certainly up to the high standards demanded by modelers and buffs); they often complement the narrative by illustrating lesser known aircraft not specifically mentioned in the text but adequately described in captions. Chant's familiarity with the subject is evident in the ease of narrative flow, and he passes over very little in recounting the history of manned flight during the 20th century. Even the most knowledgeable aviation enthusiast will find this book enjoyable to page through and most likely will learn something new. (Nov.) Forecast: December 17, 2003, is the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first flight. Look for this book to have a strong run at least through that date, particularly with its selection by the National Aviation Hall of Fame as the official centennial book, and the April 2003 World's Fair of Aviation in Newport News, Va. The combination of a well-written and authoritative text and precise illustrations should give this volume the edge for years to come. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vi
Prologue the Wright Brothers Conquer the Airp. 2
1 Practical Aviation Takes Offp. 24
2 The Race for Speed and Distancep. 98
3 From Biplane to Monoplanep. 150
4 The Jet Agep. 230
5 Rotary-Wing Flight from Leonardo to Sikorskyp. 280
6 The Modern Agep. 310
Indexp. 380