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Title:
100 years of flight : a chronology of aerospace history, 1903-2003
Author:
Winter, Frank H.
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Publication Information:
Reston, Va. : American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
xi, 524 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 x 28 cm
General Note:
"American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics in association with the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum."
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781563475627
Format :
Book

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In just 100 years, air and space exploration has progressed from a 12 second, 120 foot flight by two brothers, to a 30 year sustained flight, now 7 billion miles from Earth, travelling at 300,000 mph. This volume chronicles the most significant accomplishments in aerospace since 1903.


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Winter and van der Linden, both curators at the National Air and Space Museum, have created a veritable feast of information about the history of aviation and space flight. The book is based on a popular feature that they have edited for many years in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics's AIAA Journal. The opening illustration features a photo of Louis Bleriot heading out over the English Channel in 1909, as a quartet of children wave from the beach. Part of the appeal of this book is its use of many unfamiliar illustrations such as this one. But the real value lies in the numerous biographical sketches of significant people and the wide-ranging entries about everything, such as early Russian space societies, origins of the indispensable Jane's annuals about world aircraft (1909), the first weekly airmail between Baghdad and Teheran (1929), inaugural flights of innumerable airplanes, retirement of the last operational RAF Spitfires (1957), and much, much more. Concluding material includes authoritative prognostications by two informed writers about the future of aeronautics and of astronautics. Three separate indexes (people, companies, aircraft) also make this a highly useful acquisition. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All levels. R. E. Bilstein emeritus, University of Houston--Clear Lake