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Flying machine
Nahum, Andrew.
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New York : Knopf, 1990.
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64 pages ; 30 cm.
A photo essay tracing the history and development of aircraft from hot-air balloons to jetliners. Includes information on the principles of flight and the inner workings of various flying machines.
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TL547 .N28 1990 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
TL547 .N28 1990 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Vivid photos and lively captions document humankind's age-old desire to fly; elucidate the principles behind lift, drag, and thrust; and reveal the inner and outer workings of everything from gliders and hot-air balloons to helicopters and fighter planes.  

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 4 Up-- The unique, now familiar, series format puts the development of two familiar and popular technologies in center stage. Strikingly clear images leap from a white background; numerous captions and brief text encourage browsing over methodical exploration. The whole effect is made orderly by careful layout and unobtrusive black outlines around each spread. And each book's comprehensive index allows use as reference. Flying Machine highlights early balloons and birdlike aircraft and then follows the development of powered flight into contemporary times. Highly detailed, crisp photographs are a delight. Car has no true equal in its dynamic presentation and technical detail, and will truly entertain and inform anyone interested in automobiles. The Smithsonian Book of Flight for Young People (Aladdin, 1988) by Walter J. Boyne covers much the same ground, but with more text and fewer, slightly less eye-catching illustrations. Graeme Cook's Weird and Wonderful Aircraft (Enterprise, 1975; o.p.) is a lively supplement to the basics in Flying Machine. Both it and Car have a slightly British bias in models displayed, with significant European contributions acknowledged. American developments are given proper attention, but do not dominate the works. A wealth of fascinating pictures and facts to draw in any browser. --Ann G. Brouse, Steele Memorial Library, Elmira, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Flying like a birdp. 6
Lighter than airp. 8
Gliding aloftp. 10
Powered flightp. 12
The first airplanesp. 14
Those magnificent menp. 16
Double wingsp. 18
The evolving planep. 22
Light aircraftp. 26
Airplane enginesp. 28
The propellerp. 30
Flying the worldp. 32
Jetlinerp. 34
Jet propulsionp. 36
Landing gearp. 38
Controlling the planep. 40
In the cockpitp. 42
On the flight deckp. 44
Flying instrumentsp. 46
Rotating wingsp. 48
Helicopterp. 50
Hot-air balloonp. 54
Airshipp. 56
A modern gliderp. 58
Kites for peoplep. 60
Portable planesp. 62
Did you know?p. 64
Who's who?p. 66
Find out morep. 68
Glossaryp. 70
Indexp. 72