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Lindbergh Alone
Lindbergh Alone
Hardcover      ISBN: 0873514262

"The day after which nothing would be the same for him was Friday, May 20, 1927. That morning, alone in a little plane powered by a single engine, Charles A. Lindbergh took off from a muddy runway on the outskirts of New York. His destination was Paris."

So begins Brendan Gill's book about the most extraordinary feat of one of our country's most extraordinary men. With clarity of vision and characteristic elegance, Gill gives us in Lindbergh Alone a meditation on one man's unprecedented accomplishment, and the world's overwhelming response to it.

Originally published for the fiftieth anniversary of the flight, Gill did not intend to write a standard biography of Lindbergh; rather, Gill attempted to describe an unknown young man at one moment in history, and to examine the forces that led him to act as he did. The 1920s were a period that sought out heroes and worshipped them extravagantly; few heroes were so unlike the age that fostered them as this "unheralded boy" of twenty-five. A shy man, bold hearted and firm of purpose, the Lindbergh we come to know in Gill's book is one whose intelligence and strength of will enabled him, through a single, superb act, to become perhaps the most celebrated figure of his time.

Lindbergh Alone persuades us that Lindbergh's valorous flight and subsequent renown were the natural consequences of his upbringing and his own nature. It also demonstrates that, on rare occasions, a man is capable of making history by his own choice.

North American F-86 Sabre Owners' Workshop Manual: 1947 Onwards (All Day-Fighter Variants): An Insight into Owning, Flying and Maintaining the USAF's Legendary Cold War Jet Fighter
North American F-86 Sabre Owners' Workshop Manual
1947 Onwards (All Day-Fighter Variants): An Insight into Owning, Flying and Maintaining the USAF's Legendary Cold War Jet Fighter
Hardcover      ISBN: 076034292x

The North American F-86 Sabre was the first operational Allied swept-wing transonic jet fighter of the postwar era. It was flown with distinction by the USAF in the Korean War where it was pitted against the Soviet MiG-15. The centerpiece of this Haynes Manual is Golden Apple Operations F-86A, 48-178, the sole-surviving airworthy example of the first production Sabre A model, as well as the world s oldest flying jet-powered aircraft.

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Wright to Fly: Celebrating 100 Years of Powered Flight
Wright to Fly
Celebrating 100 Years of Powered Flight
Hardcover      ISBN: 1899808760

Richly illustrated with paintings by noted aviation artists, this informative tribute to one hundred years of aviation ranges from the Wright brothers' first successful flight in 1903 to the present day, capturing the extraordinary innovations in aircraft and aviation technology over the past century.

Howard Hughes and his Flying Boat
Howard Hughes and his Flying Boat
Paperback      SKU: 281AKJ1021586
The Aeronauts: Travels in the Air
The Aeronauts
Travels in the Air
Paperback      ISBN: 1612197965
The True Story Behind the Major Motion Picture -- and one of the greatest daredevil stories in the history of aviation

In 1862, ambitious scientist James Glaisher set out to do the impossible: ascend higher into the skies than ever before. A pioneer of weather forecasting and of photography, and a founding member of the Royal Meteorological Society, he wanted to take ground-breaking research measurements from different altitudes.

On 5th September, along with experienced balloonist Henry Coxwell as his pilot, he lifted off in a hot air balloon for what would prove to be a death-defying and historic flight. Rising above the English countryside, they rose to the remarkable height of 37,000 feet (7 miles or 11km), almost killing both men, who experienced blurred vision, loss of motor function and, eventually, unconsciousness. It was a miracle they survived to tell the tale.

Written in his own words, The Aeronauts chronicles Glaisher's incredible flights and discoveries first hand, as well as his observations on those pioneers who came before and inspired him. His audaciously daring journey forms the story of the forthcoming major motion picture The Aeronauts.

With an introduction by Professor Liz Bentley, Chief Executive at the Royal Meteorological Society
Going Solo
Going Solo
Paperback      ISBN: 0140103066

Presents an account of the author Roald Dahl's experiences in Africa such as crashing a plane in the Western Desert, rescue and recovery from his horrific injuries in Alexandria, and many other deeds.

The Crash Detectives: Investigating the World's Most Mysterious Air Disasters
The Crash Detectives
Investigating the World's Most Mysterious Air Disasters
Paperback      ISBN: 0143127322
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"Negroni is a talented aviation journalist who clearly understands the critically important part the human factor plays in aviation safety." --Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, pilot of US Airways 1549, the Miracle on the Hudson

A fascinating exploration of how humans and machines fail--leading to air disasters from Amelia Earhart to MH370--and how the lessons learned from these accidents have made flying safer.

In The Crash Detectives, veteran aviation journalist and air safety investigator Christine Negroni takes us inside crash investigations from the early days of the jet age to the present, including the search for answers about what happened to the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. As Negroni dissects what happened and why, she explores their common themes and, most important, what has been learned from them to make planes safer. Indeed, as Negroni shows, virtually every aspect of modern pilot training, airline operation, and airplane design has been shaped by lessons learned from disaster. Along the way, she also details some miraculous saves, when quick-thinking pilots averted catastrophe and kept hundreds of people alive.

Tying in aviation science, performance psychology, and extensive interviews with pilots, engineers, human factors specialists, crash survivors, and others involved in accidents all over the world, The Crash Detectives is an alternately terrifying and inspiring book that might just cure your fear of flying, and will definitely make you a more informed passenger.

"Christine Negroni combines her investigative reporting skills with an understanding of the complexities of air accident investigations to bring to life some of history's most intriguing and heartbreaking cases." --Bob Woodruff, ABC News
100 Historic Ships in Full Color
100 Historic Ships in Full Color
Paperback      ISBN: 0486420671

This collection of magnificent original full-color paintings by John Batchelor accurately depicts 100 amazing ships--from the royal barge of the Egyptian pharaoh Cheops (2657 b.c.), the Greek trireme of 500 b.c., and the Viking ships that visited North America around a.d. 1001 to Columbus' flagship,

West With the Night
West With the Night
Paperback      ISBN: 0865471185

"West with the Night" is the story of Beryl Markham--aviator, racehorse trainer, beauty--and her life in the Kenya of the 1920s and '30s.

Howard Hughes: Aviator
Howard Hughes
Aviator
Hardcover      ISBN: 1591145104

Marrett, an experimental test pilot for Hughes Aircraft Company from 1969 to 1989, tells the inside story of Howard Hughes, the aviation genius who set speed records in the 1930s and went on to develop some of America's most famous aircraft and weapons, becoming the country's first billionaire. B&w historical photos are included. Annotation 2004 Bo