The Early Years

The Early Years

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From the achievement of the Wright brothers, to the researches and adventures of early flying pioneers, and the military aviation of World War I to the rise of commercial aviation. Biographical information is included.
The first in a six volume illustrated history of aviation covers 1900 to 1939 featuring numerous photographs: rare archival and new detailed photographs of museum aircraft. It covers all aspects of aviation and includes short biographies of major figures. This well illustrated volume chronicles in detail several important themes from the first decades of the airplane, including the earliest flights, the development of aircraft for use in warfare in WWI, and their development for commercial use. A concluding section profiles significant figures from 1900-1939. Of interest to the enthusiast, the in-depth historical and technical discussion raises this volume above the coffee table.
Publisher: ©2003.
Erin, Ontario :, Boston Mills Press ;, Buffalo, N.Y. :, Distributed by Firefly Books,, [2003]
Copyright Date: ©2003.
ISBN: 9781550464078
1550464078
Characteristics: 240 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm.
Additional Contributors: Patterson, Dan 1953-
Summary: From the achievement of the Wright brothers, to the researches and adventures of early flying pioneers, and the military aviation of World War I to the rise of commercial aviation. Biographical information is included.

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Aug 09, 2011

If early planes are your weakness, especially those early ones that could barely fly, the ones held together by spit and a prayer and baling wire, then this may well be a book you’ll enjoy. And its not just about the planes either. It’s also about those men (and they were men for the most part) that flew them. There was that first proving ground that first fiery cauldron of World War One that so severely tested the men and the machines. Both of them were virtually expendable during this war that chewed up men as well as their machines.
The early years is about biplanes and triplanes; Sopwiths, Fokkers and canards; aces Ball, Lufbery and Bishop; its about reconstructed Bleriots,, museums at Le Bourget, and the Cinncinnati airport. It’s about the designers and builders: William Boeing, Oleg Antonov and Ernst Heinkel.
The pictures are first rate --- too bad they aren’t all in colour.

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