The American Aviation Experience: A History
SIU Press, 2000 - Transportation - 462 pages
This book is designed to be a primary text for courses in aviation history and development and aviation in America.
The seventeen chapters in The American Aviation Experience: A History range chronologically from ancient times through the Wright brothers through both world wars, culminating with the development of the U.S. space program. Contributors also cover balloons and dirigibles, African American pioneers in aviation, and women in aviation. These essayists—leading scholars in the field—present the history of aviation mainly from an American perspective.
The American Aviation Experience includes 335 black-and-white photographs, two maps, and an appendix, “Leonardo da Vinci and the Science of Flight.” An on-line test guide is available for instructors.
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Recognizing pioneers is easy. Detailing the sum of many important contributors sets Brady's book in the pantheon of important historical works, including many contributors whose style, information, and anecdotes brings to life the wide range of individuals who nourished this important national industry.
Developments Before the Wright Brothers
Orville and Wilbur Wright
World War I
U S Airlines Before 1930
The Air Commerce Act of 1926
Developments Between the Wars
Military Airpower Developments
Government and Aviation
BaIIoons and Dirigibles
U S Airlines from 1930 to World War II
World War II
African American Pioneers in Aviation
Women in Aviation
Leonardo da Vinci