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The Wright Brothers legacy : Orville and Wilbur Wright and their aeroplanes
Burton, Walt.
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New York : Harry N. Abrams, [2003]

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224 pages : illustrations (some. color) ; 30 cm
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Published to coincide with an exhibition held at the Dayton Art Institute, Ohio, from July 4 to Sept. 7, 2003 and at the Virginia Air & Space Center, Hampton, from Nov. 1, 2003 to Jan. 11, 2004.
The desire to fly -- Lifting the world with a kite -- Kitty Hawk, 1903 : first flight -- Learning to fly : Huffman Prairie -- Fort Meyer : selling the military flyer -- Postcards from Europe -- Homecoming -- Return to Fort Meyer -- Records and wrecks -- Wilbur : a look back -- Kitty Hawk and other monuments -- Orville : a life in review -- The Kitty Hawk flyer in exile -- The Wright Brothers' social impact.
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Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, this book is an in-depth photographic portrait of their monumental work in aviation - and the world's reaction to the invention of flight. From their early experiments with gliders to the first flight of a heavier-than-air aircraft, from their tours of European and American air shows to their development of a military aircraft to the final installation of the Kitty Hawk Flyer at the Smithsonian Institution in 1948, this volume celebrates an invention that changed the world.

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Booklist Review

With the one-hundredth anniversary of powered flight, here's yet another book on the Wright brothers. What makes this one exceptional is the 250 illustrations--most of them photographs. The images were selected from a private collection, from the Library of Congress, and from Wright State University. The private collection belongs to Burton, who found and purchased the vintage estate prints of William Preston Mayfield, who began photographing the brothers in 1910. The photos show their early experiments with gliders, their 1903 flight, and their tours of European and American air shows. Others include one showing their sister and her friends sitting around a dining table, a view of the Wright family home taken from the street, the first glider, Orville flying while Wilbur runs alongside the plane, Orville with the king and queen of Spain, and the brothers with President Taft. This photographic record of their pioneering work in aviation is being published to coincide with The Wright Brothers Legacy, an exhibition organized by the Dayton Art Institute. --George Cohen Copyright 2003 Booklist

Library Journal Review

Published in collaboration with NASA (where editors Anthony Springer and Bertram Ulrich work, editors Goodyear and Roger Launius being associated with the Smithsonian Institution) and dedicated to the crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia, Flight salutes 100 years of aviation progress. Overflowing with full-color and black-and-white photos, this handsome folio captures the many stages of flight as the flying machine has transmogrified from a fragile biplane into an aerial weapon and a high-tech vehicle capable of space exploration. But what really arrests the eye and the imagination are the eclectic works of art that the idealized conception of flight has inspired: poems such as Archibald MacLeish's "On the Beaches of the Moon," Robert Frost's "Kitty Hawk," and songwriter Joni Mitchell's "Amelia," paintings such as Robert Delaunay's Hommage ? Bleriot, Roy LaGrone's Woody DriverBlack Birdman, and Andy Warhol's Moonwalk 1, and lyrics by songstress Judy Collins honoring the first woman Space Shuttle commander, Eileen Collins. The work concludes with a thoughtful summation on space exploration by commentator Walter Cronkite. Burton and Findsen (an independent collector and dealer in photography and an independent writer, respectively) offer a captivating pictorial retrospective of the Wrights' pioneering efforts, from their historic flight in 1903 to the final induction of the Flyer I at the Smithsonian in 1948, following Orville's death. The photographs are drawn from the former collection of William Preston Mayfield, the Wrights' personal photographer, and supplemented by other images from the Wright Collection at the Library of Congress and from the Wright Brothers archives at Wright State University. These rare photos form the basis of a touring exhibition originated by the Dayton Art Institute. Flight's strictly artistic focus may frustrate aviation enthusiasts, and though The Wright Brothers Legacy provides an unparalleled array of Wright images, its narrative is not as detailed or analytical as Tom Crouch and Peter Jakab's The Wright Brothers and the Invention of the Aerial Age. Nevertheless, both works are a visual feast and are highly recommended for all aviation collections and all libraries. [For more on the Wrights Brothers, see the review of Noah Adams's The Flyers, p. 99.-Ed.]-John Carver Edwards, Univ. of Georgia Libs., Athens (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.