In Search of Wilbur & Orville Wright
Hardcover ISBN: 1400049121
Drawing on letters, diaries, eyewitness accounts, oral histories, and other primary source material, this incisive portrait focuses on the accomplishments of the Wilbur and Orville Wright, in a volume celebrating the one hundredth anniversary of their first successful flight at Kitty Hawk. 75,000 first printing.
Straight on Till Morning
A Biography of Beryl Markham
Hardcover ISBN: 0312010966
Profiles a remarkable twentieth-century woman who became Africa's first female thoroughbred trainer and its first female bush pilot, her turbulent private life, and her flight--the first of its kind--from England to North America
Lindbergh, His Competitors, and the Race to Cross the Atlantic
Paperback ISBN: 1250033306
"A fast-paced, dynamic account of the race to cross the Atlantic, and the larger-than-life personalities of the aviators who captured the world's attention In 1919, a prize of $25,000 was offered to the first aviator to cross the Atlantic in either direction between France and America. Although it was one of the most coveted prizes in the world, it sat unclaimed (not without efforts) for eight long years, until the spring of 1927. It was then, during five incredibly tense weeks, that one of those magicalwindows in history opened, when there occurred a nexus of technology, innovation, character, and spirit that led so many contenders (from different parts of the world) to all suddenly be on the cusp of the exact same achievement at the exact same time. Atlantic Fever is about the race; it is a milestone in American history whose story has never been fully told. Richard Byrd, Noel Davis, Stanton Wooster, Clarence Chamberlin, Charles Levine, Rene; Fonck, Charles Nungesser, and Franðcois Coli--all had equalweight in the race with Charles Lindbergh. Although the story starts in September 1926 with the crash of the first competitor, or even further back with the 1919 establishment of the prize, its heart is found in a short period, those five weeks from April 14 to May 21, 1927, when the world held its breath and the aviators met their separate fates in the air"--Provided by publisher.
The Genesis of Flight
The Aeronautical History Collection of Colonel Richard Gimbel
Hardcover ISBN: 0295978112
Displays the 20,000 item collection of Colonel Richard Gimbel on the history of flight. After retiring from the U.S. Air Force, Gimbel became Curator of Aeronautical Literature at Yale where he continued building his collection, eventually donated to the US Air Force Academy in 1970. Five thousand year-old seals carved from semi-precious stones and used to inscribe clay tablets record some of the earliest known instances of the dream of flight. Of thousands of books, some date from the 15th century, some are scientific like Robert Hooke's Philosophical Collections (1682), and others are about imaginary voyages into space and other worlds, including Ludovico Ariosto's Orlando Furioso (1547), Cyrano de Bergerac's account of a voyage to the moon (1651), and the 19th-century classics of Jules Verne. There also some 2,000 prints, portraits, woodcuts, and lithographs, and letters and hundreds of commemorative medallions, sheet music, posters, dime novels, postcards, postage stamps, early flight manuals, catalog of aircraft equipment, match boxes, and children's games and toys. Oversize: 9x12. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History
Hardcover ISBN: 1328876640
An award-winning journalist traces the lesser-known story of five women, including Amelia Earhart, who successfully fought to compete against men in the high-stakes national air races of the 1920s and 1930s.