The American Aviation Experience: A History

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Tim Brady
SIU Press, 2000 - Transportation - 462 pages
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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.”.

  

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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.
Lou Polur
 

Contents

The Ancients
1
Developments Before the Wright Brothers
13
Orville and Wilbur Wright
48
Advancements
67
World War I
98
U S Airlines Before 1930
125
The Air Commerce Act of 1926
144
Developments Between the Wars
151
158
218
166
225
Gone Forever
238
175
246
178
252
Military Airpower Developments
255
Government and Aviation
295
BaIIoons and Dirigibles
307

Other Manufacturers
161
U S Airlines from 1930 to World War II
171
World War II
185
125
191
134
198
144
204
African American Pioneers in Aviation
335
Women in Aviation
367
Space History
413
Leonardo da Vinci
433
Contributors
445
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About the author (2000)

Tim Brady is the dean of the School of Aviation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. He is a past president of the University Aviation Association, an airline transport pilot, and a former USAF pilot.

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