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A Brief History of Flight By T.A. Heppenheimer

A Brief History of Flight by T.A. Heppenheimer

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Presents a narrative history of aviation covering the key milestones, technological breakthroughs, and innovators and entrepreneurs from the dawn of balloon flight in 1783 to innovations that offer a hopeful beginning for the world's third century of flight.

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A Brief History of Flight: From Balloons to Mach 3 and Beyond by T.A. Heppenheimer

This is the soaring chronicle of how man conquered the skies. Even in these days of frequent flying, the idea of flight still holds a special fascination in our minds. Now, acclaimed aviation writer T. A. Heppenheimer captures the essence of that eternal obsession with a thrilling narrative that carries readers from the dawn of flight to modern day travel. Along the way, readers will meet a host of colorful characters - brilliant innovators Howard Hughes and Bill Lear, "Red Baron" Manfred von Richthofen, and Jimmy Doolittle; plane builders Donald Douglas, William Allan, and Jack Northrup; entrepreneur Juan Trippe of Pan Am; and today's inventors Paul MacCready and Burt and Richard Rutan. No one who has ever been moved by the sight of a rising balloon, or watched in awe as a jumbo jet gracefully lifts off the tarmac will be able to resist this wonderful history of mankind's adventures in the air. T.A. Heppenheimer (Fountain Valley, California), has written six books, including "Countdown: A History of Space Flight" and "Turbulent Skies: The History of Commercial Aviation". He holds a PhD in aerospace engineering and is an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Aerospace.

About T.A. Heppenheimer

T. A. HEPPENHEIMER is the author of ten books, including Countdown: A History of Space Flight (Wiley) and Turbulent Skies: The History of Commercial Aviation (Wiley), which is under development as a four--part series on PBS. He holds a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan and is an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Aerospace. A freelance writer, Heppenheimer lives in Fountain Valley, California.

Table of Contents

BEGINNINGS. Beautiful Balloons. Airplanes of the Mind. The Problem of Control. Zeppelins. The Red Baron. EXUBERANCE. Visions of Air Power. Lindbergh. Ships in the Sky. Night and Fog. Donald Douglas and His Airliners. WAR. The Battle of Britain. Yamamoto Fights at Sea. "The War Is Over". General Curtis LeMay. Germans Invent the Jet. BLUE SKIES. Howard Hughes. Jack Northrop. Chuck Yeager. The Quiet Rocket Man. Clarence "Kelly" Johnson. MATURITY. Launching the Commercial Jet Age. Room at the Bottom. King Lear. Voyager. Keepers of the Flame. Afterword: A Look Ahead. Notes. Bibliography. Index.

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A Brief History of Flight: From Balloons to Mach 3 and Beyond by T.A. Heppenheimer
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John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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