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Milestones Of Flight

Author: Robert Van Der Linden
Publisher: Zenith Press
ISBN: 0760350272
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Experience the history of flight with the world-class aviation collection at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, which attracts millions and millions of visitors each year in Washington, D.C. From the moment the Wright Brothers first took flight in 1903 to the modern-day reliance on stealth aircraft and drones, there have been significant advances made in aviation. Milestones of Flight celebrates each era of advancements by showcasing the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's world-class aircraft collection. Authored by Dr. Robert van der Linden, a leading expert on aviation and Chairman of the Aeronautics Department at the NASM, this book is a stunning profile of the advancements in flight from decade to decade, illustrated with beautiful, large-scale photography and enhanced with little-known facts, anecdotes, and insights from major players in the aviation industry. Climb inside the cockpit of the Spirit of St. Louis that Charles Lindbergh piloted solo across the Atlantic Ocean, making history. Contrast that with a Boeing B-29 Superfortress, the first aircraft to drop an atomic bomb. The full-page photos of each milestone-making aircraft are accompanied by timelines to showcase related aircraft as well as sidebars with interesting and little-known facts, stories, and related research. Milestone categories include: - Era of Early Flight - World War I First Fighters - Long-Range Record-Setting Flight - Popular Flight - First Commercial Airliners - World War II Aircraft - Experimental Flight - Cold War Military/Korean Conflict Aircraft - Commercial Jets - Modern Military Aircraft What will the next milestone be?

How To Make A Spaceship

Author: Julian Guthrie
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1473542375
Size: 13.66 MB
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Afterword by Professor Stephen Hawking "Reads like a thriller - and reveals many secrets... one of the great entrepreneurial stories of our time" (Washington Post) From the age of eight, when he watched Apollo 11 land on the Moon, Peter Diamandis's singular goal was to get to space. When he realized NASA was winding down manned space flight, he set out on one of the great entrepreneurial adventure stories of our time. If the government wouldn't send him to space, he would create a private space flight industry himself. In the 1990s, this idea was the stuff of science fiction. Undaunted, Diamandis found inspiration in the golden age of aviation. He discovered that Charles Lindbergh made his transatlantic flight to win a $25,000 prize. The flight made Lindbergh the most famous man on earth and galvanized the airline industry. Why, Diamandis thought, couldn't the same be done for space flight? The story of the bullet-shaped SpaceShipOne, and the other teams in the hunt for a $10 million prize is an extraordinary tale of making the impossible possible. In the end, as Diamandis dreamed, the result wasn't just a victory for one team; it was the foundation for a new industry.

Air And Space

Author: Andrew Chaikin
Publisher: Bulfinch Press
ISBN: 9780821226704
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Depicts the milestones of aviation and spaceflight, from the first hot-air balloon to the Wright brothers, the Apollo moon landing, and beyond


Author: Donald S. Lopez
Publisher: Wiley
Size: 37.58 MB
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Aviation This comprehensive, easy-to-use guide tells the fascinating story of one of the greatest technical triumphs of our times—the story of flight. Produced in association with the world-renowned Smithsonian Institution, Aviation is lavishly illustrated with materials from the collection of the National Air and Space Museum. This Smithsonian Guide features: Detailed text by a Smithsonian expert clearly explaining how world aviation developed More than 350 full-color photographs and explanatory illustrations of airplanes, equipment, people, and events Full-color foldout timeline of aviation milestones decade by decade 40-page quick-access A-to-Z glossary, including capsule biographies, special terms, and key concepts Smithsonian Guides is an illustrated home reference series exploring the worlds of science, nature, technology, and history, produced in unique partnership with the world's most popular museum. Each superbly produced guide stands alone as a compact introduction to its subject. Taken together, Smithsonian Guides form a library on topics timeless in their appeal. Other titles: Spaceflight • Planets • Zoo Animals • Automobiles • Railroads