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Pioneer Aircraft 1903-14

Pioneer Aircraft 1903-14

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{detailed description}Nearly a hundred years before the Wright brothers made their historic flight at the Kill Devil Hills, Sir George Cayley wrote that 'a new era in society will commence from the moment that aerial navigation is familiarly realised'.
At the turn of the century, Europe and America abounded with aeronautical theorists, whose only successful flights were those of their own imaginations. There were, however, a select few who brought a reasoned scientific approach to the question of powered flight, pre-eminent among whom were Orville and Wilbur Wright.
Once the Wrights had demonstrated, with their 1903 and 1905 Flyers, that powered flight was not only possible but practical, there soon emerged a host of fellow pioneers, each determined to take part in and develop this new and challenging means of locomotion.
Men like Blériot, Cody, Farman and Roe, who blazed their own highly individual trails to success; men (and women) like Lilian Bland, Ellehammer and Phillips, whose efforts, though of lesser significance historically, were no less praiseworthy; and men like Curtiss, Fokker, Grahame-White, the Moranes, the Shorts and the Voisins, who laid the commercial foundations of a new worldwide industry.
In this unique volume they and many other famous contemporary pioneers are described, and 79 of their historic aeroplanes are illustrated for the first time by general arrangement drawings in full colour.
{Author / Publisher / Date}by Kenneth Munson
published by Blandford 1st edn 1969 Well illustrated with 3 view colour drawings, index. 12x19
{condition}slight foxing, otherwise good, inc. d/j
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