Witness the daring exploits and dangerous challenges that form the story of flight in this beautifully illustrated book, filled with rare photographs and historical documents.
Witness the daring exploits and dangerous challenges that form the story of flight in this beautifully illustrated book, filled with rare photographs and historical documents. Celebrating 50 years since the first flight of the Boeing 747 and of Concorde, it describes the early pioneers, such as the Wright brothers and Alcock & Brown, as well as the highly skilled engineers developing aircraft today.
From the early hot-air balloons of the Montgolfiers to the complex technology behind military jets and space rockets, Flight looks at how air power emerged as a new means of military combat and how it became the leading mode of international travel, all in the space of less than a century.
Stephen Woolford is the Head of Interpretation and Collections at the Imperial War Museum Duxford - one of Europe's premier aviation museums.
Carl Warner is the Head of Cold War and late twentieth-century history at the Imperial War Museum.
Table Of Contents:
Taking Flight • The Wright Brothers • Louis Bleriot: First English Channel Flight • The Belle Epoque • The Aeroplane Goes to War • Air Fighting in the First World War • Bombers and Bombing • Industry: Aircraft and Air Forces • The First Transatlantic Flights • Aviation in the 1920s and 1930s • New York to Paris Non-Stop • Airships and Flying Boats • The First Modern Airliners • The Approach and Outbreak of the Second World War • The Battle of Britain and the Blitz • The Bomber War • Working with the Armies • The Air War at Sea • Industry and New Technologies • Air Travel in the Post-War World • Cold War Confrontation • Air Power in Korea and Vietnam • The Space Race • The Jet Age • Modern Air Power • Aviation for All? Aviation and the Modern World • Index • Credits.
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