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"Celebrating A Century of Flight"

Written by dozens of NASA historians and researchers


....          Actual size is 11 x 8.5-inches

Celebrating A Century of Flight

Written by dozens of NASA and Air Force historians and researchers, and produced by the U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission

A complete, comprehensive, and detailed illustrated summary of international achievements in flight and in space, from the first legends of Daedalus and Icarus through the International Space Station.

The book begins with the prehistory of flight--with information dating back to 3500 B.C., and continues with stories of balloon flights, the first parachute jump, the "invention" of wings, and the earliest flying machines of Sir George Cayley, Otto Lilienthal, and Octave Chanute.

A Sampling of the Many Photos in the Book
(greatly reduced in size from the originals)

It covers the work of Samuel P. Langley, who flew the first powered aerodrome models, a detailed history of Orville and Wilbur Wright, the fragile airplanes of World War I, the "Flying Aces," the evolution of airmail, the story of NACA (the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, precursor to NASA), and much, much more.  Each section has stories and details of the events and achievements that made history:

  • Charles Lindbergh and the Golden Age of Aviation
  • The Collier Trophy and the Aero Club of America
  • The history of air racing
  • Glenn Curtis, and the Gordon Bennett Trophy
  • Jimmy Doolittle and the Pulitzer races
  • Jackie Cochran, Amelia erhart, and Wiley Post in the Cleveland Air Races
  • The "first ladies of flight:"  Juanita Bailey, Bessie Coleman, Evelyn Trout, Amy Johnson, Katherine Stinson, and Amelia Earhart
  • The origins of the U.S. Air Force
  • Jimmy Doolittle and the "Tokyo Raiders"
  • Air Power in World War II
  • The Tuskegee Airmen
  • The first helicopters (and VTOL aircraft)
  • The first jet planes
  • Passenger jets, and breaking the sound barrier
  • The X-15, and the dawn of the Space Age
  • Human-pwered craft, including the Gossamer Condor, the Albatross, and Burt Rutan's Voyager
  • Edwards Air Force Base and the history of test pilot schools
  • The Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo space programs
  • The Space Shuttle and other launch systems
  • The International Space Station and various satellite programs
  • Small, personal aircraft and the future of flight
This is an incredible book for pilots; aircraft, rocket, missile, and space historians; and flight enthusiasts of all ages.  Page after page has fascinating information about hundreds and hundreds of unusual flying machines and the people who invented and flew them.  (It's perfect for teachers as well, and there's also plenty of references for additional reading.)

There's even a page of aviation fun for kids !

This is a valuable and important reference resource for the professional (and experimental) pilot, rocket scientist, engineer, technician, historian, and space enthusiast.

Very hard to find and now out-of-print, this new limited edition has been republished by the Rocket Science Institute.  It's sharp, and clearly printed with a high-resolution laser printer (not photocopied) on high-quality, bright-white, 24-pound, acid-free paper for years of reference use.  31 pages, large and easy-to-read 11" x 8-1/2" size, and quality-bound.  $14.95

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