The Wright Story

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CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2009 - Science - 352 pages
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Aviation aficionados will especially revel in Telling the Wright Story by Joe Bullmer, a new scientifically and historically accurate, unbiased account of the birth of aviation. The fact is that what many readers think is all Wright, is actually not. In nine fully annotated chapters, complete with illustrations, the author unveils twenty-six myths surrounding the Wright Brothers' research, testing, and contributions to early flight. Beginning in 1740, the author chronicles the evolution of flight and examines the experiments of Sir George Cayley, Otto Lilienthal, Percy Pilcher, Octave Chanute, and many others. In nine chapters with titles such as “Working with the Wrights: 1899-1905,” “Secrets, Spies, and Enemies,” and “Birth of the Aviation Industry,” the book takes a decidedly international and all-encompassing approach and explains how it is that none of the designs originated by the Wrights were used in aircraft within a decade of their infamous flight.

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About the author (2009)

After Joe Bullmer received a master's in aeronautical engineering from the University of Michigan, he worked for the U.S. Air Force for over thirty years as an intelligence analyst on aircraft designs and their performance. A writer of numerous aircraft studies, he spent a substantial portion of his time as an aircraft performance engineer at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base where he had the rare opportunity to work with some of the top designers at Boeing, North American, General Dynamics, and McDonnell Corporations and collaborated with some of the best aircraft performance engineers in the Air Force. Telling the Wright Story is his first book.

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