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War Within and Without
War Within and Without
Hardcover      ISBN: 0151946612

The final volume of Mrs. Lindbergh's autobiography begins with the Lindbergh's return to America and reveals her divided loyalties

Air Racing Today: Heavy Iron at Reno
Air Racing Today
Heavy Iron at Reno
Paperback      ISBN: 076031117x

The whine of a Rolls-Royce Merlin engine causes the ground to tremble as the steeply banked P-51, painted in day-glo colors, sizzles past the last pylon in the Nevada desert. Then a succession of Mustangs whistles over the sagebrush, whipping the air into contorted vortices. This is the scene played out each year at the Reno Air Races, where pilots push their heavy iron to the limit. Author and pilot Philip Handleman captures all the excitement and technological brilliance of the event with breathtaking color photography and an appropriately fast-paced text. The daring pilots and devoted crews are featured alongside the intriguing aircraft. A special section highlights the colorful nose art displayed on the aircraft.

Birdmen: The Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtiss, and the Battle to Control the Skies
Birdmen
The Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtiss, and the Battle to Control the Skies
Hardcover      ISBN: 034553803x

From acclaimed historian Lawrence Goldstone comes a thrilling narrative of courage, determination, and competition: the story of the intense rivalry that fueled the rise of American aviation.
The feud between this nation's great air pioneers, the Wright brothers and Glenn Curtiss, was a collision of unyielding and profoundly American personalities. On one side, a pair of tenacious siblings who together had solved the centuries-old riddle of powered, heavier-than-air flight. On the other, an audacious motorcycle racer whose innovative aircraft became synonymous in the public mind with death-defying stunts. For more than a decade, they battled each other in court, at air shows, and in the newspapers. The outcome of this contest of wills would shape the course of aviation history--and take a fearsome toll on the men involved.
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"Birdmen" sets the engrossing story of the Wrights' war with Curtiss against the thrilling backdrop of the early years of manned flight, and is rich with period detail and larger-than-life personalities: Thomas Scott Baldwin, or "Cap't Tom" as he styled himself, who invented the parachute and almost convinced the world that balloons were the future of aviation; John Moisant, the dapper daredevil who took to the skies after three failed attempts to overthrow the government of El Salvador, then quickly emerged as a celebrity flyer; and Harriet Quimby, the statuesque silent-film beauty who became the first woman to fly across the English Channel. And then there is Lincoln Beachey, perhaps the greatest aviator who ever lived, who dazzled crowds with an array of trademark twists and dives--and best embodied the romance with death that fueled so many of aviation's earliest heroes.
A dramatic story of unimaginable bravery in the air and brutal competition on the ground, "Birdmen" is at once a thrill ride through flight's wild early years and a surprising look at the personal clash that fueled America's race to the skies.
Praise for "Birdmen"
"A meticulously researched account of the first few hectic, tangled years of aviation and the curious characters who pursued it . . . a worthy companion to Richard Holmes's marvelous history of ballooning, "Falling Upwards.""--"Time"
"The daredevil scientists and engineers who forged the field of aeronautics spring vividly to life in Lawrence Goldstone's history."--"Nature"
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"The history of the development of an integral part of the modern world and a fascinating portrayal of how a group of men and women achieved a dream that had captivated humanity for centuries."--"The Christian Science Monitor"
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"Captivating and wonderfully presented . . . a fine book about these rival pioneers."--"The Wall Street Journal"
" A] vivid story of invention, vendettas, derring-do, media hype and patent fights with] modern resonance."--"Financial Times"
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"A powerful story that contrasts soaring hopes with the anchors of ego and courtroom.""--Kirkus Reviews"
"A riveting narrative about the pioneering era of aeronautics in America and beyond . . . Goldstone raises questions of enduring importance regarding innovation and the indefinite exertion of control over ideas that go public."--"Publishers Weekly "(starred review)

The Spirit of St. Louis
The Spirit of St. Louis
Paperback      ISBN: 087351288x

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography, this is Lindbergh's own account of his historic transatlantic flight in 1927. Chosen as one of the "100 Greatest Adventure Books" of all time by National Geographic Adventure magazine.

Lindbergh
Lindbergh
Paperback      ISBN: 0425170411
Even after twenty years, A. Scott Berg's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Charles Lindberg remains "the definitive account" of one of the 20th century's most extraordinary figures.

Few American icons provoke more enduring fascination than Charles Lindbergh--renowned for his one-man transatlantic flight in 1927, remembered for the sorrow surrounding the kidnapping and death of his firstborn son in 1932, and reviled by many for his opposition to America's entry into World War II. Lindbergh's is "a dramatic and disturbing American story," says the *Los Angeles Times Book Review, and this biography--the first to be written with unrestricted access to the Lindbergh archives and extensive interviews of his friends, colleagues, and close family members--is "a thorough, level-headed evaluation of the glories, tragedies, and often infuriating complexities of this extraordinary life" (Newsday).
Ghosts: Vintage Aircraft of World War II
Ghosts
Vintage Aircraft of World War II
Hardcover      ISBN: 0934738297

Provides photographs of World War II aircraft, describes the characteristics of each plane, and shares the observations of those who flew them



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Howard Hughes and his Flying Boat
Howard Hughes and his Flying Boat
Trade Paperback      SKU: 281AKJ1021586
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
Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History
Fly Girls
How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History
Paperback      ISBN: 1328592790

A New York Times Bestseller * An Amazon Best Book of the Year * A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice * A Time Best Book for Summer

Between the world wars, no sport was more popular, or more dangerous, than airplane racing. While male pilots were lauded as heroes, the few women who dared to fly were more often ridiculed--until a cadre of women pilots banded together to break through the entrenched prejudice.

Fly Girls weaves together the stories of five remarkable women: Florence Klingensmith, a high school dropout from Fargo, North Dakota; Ruth Elder, an Alabama divorc e; Amelia Earhart, the most famous, but not necessarily the most skilled; Ruth Nichols, who chafed at her blue blood family's expectations; and Louise Thaden, the young mother of two who got her start selling coal in Wichita. Together, they fought for the chance to fly and race airplanes--and in 1936, one of them would triumph, beating the men in the toughest air race of them all.
The Flight: Charles Lindbergh's Daring and Immortal 1927 Transatlantic Crossing
The Flight
Charles Lindbergh's Daring and Immortal 1927 Transatlantic Crossing
Hardcover      ISBN: 0062464396

GRIPPING. ... AN HOUR-BY-HOUR ACCOUNT. -- WALL STREET JOURNAL - From one of the most decorated pilots in Air Force history comes a masterful account of Lindbergh's death-defying nonstop transatlantic flight in Spirit of St. Louis

On the rainy morning of May 20, 1927, a little-known American pilot named Charles A. Lindbergh climbed into his single-engine monoplane, Spirit of St. Louis, and prepared to take off from a small airfield on Long Island, New York. Despite his inexperience--the twenty-five-year-old Lindbergh had never before flown over open water--he was determined to win the $25,000 Orteig Prize promised since 1919 to the first pilot to fly nonstop between New York and Paris, a terrifying adventure that had already claimed six men's lives. Ahead of him lay a 3,600-mile solo journey across the vast north Atlantic and into the unknown; his survival rested on his skill, courage, and an unassuming little aircraft with no front window.

Only 500 people showed up to see him off. Thirty-three and a half hours later, a crowd of more than 100,000 mobbed Spirit as the audacious young American touched down in Paris, having acheived the seemingly impossible. Overnight, as he navigated by the stars through storms across the featureless ocean, news of his attempt had circled the globe, making him an international celebrity by the time he reached Europe. He returned to the United States a national hero, feted with ticker-tape parades that drew millions, bestowed every possible award from the Medal of Honor to Time's Man of the Year (the first to be so named), commemorated on a U.S. postage stamp within months, and celebrated as the embodiment of the twentieth century and America's place in it.

Acclaimed aviation historian Dan Hampton's The Flight is a long-overdue, flyer's-eye narrative of Lindbergh's legendary journey. A decorated fighter pilot who flew more than 150 combat missions in an F-16 and made numerous transatlantic crossings, Hampton draws on his unique perspective to bring alive the danger, uncertainty, and heroic accomplishment of Lindbergh's crossing. Hampton's deeply researched telling also incorporates a trove of primary sources, including Lindbergh's own personal diary and writings, as well as family letters and untapped aviation archives that fill out this legendary story as never before.