Mastering the Sky: A History of Aviation from Ancient Times to the Present

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Da Capo Press, 2000 - Transportation - 351 pages
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Humanity has been defying gravity with powered vehicles for less than a century, and earlier with gliders and balloons with mixed success. Our aviation history is of such complexity and density that ... Read full review

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Contents

The Takeoff of a 747 and Other Miracles
1
The AgeOld Dream
13
Tower Jumpers and Flying Witches
22
The Balloonists
34
The Precursors of Powered Flight
43
The Triumph of the Wright Brothers
55
Turning Higher Farther Faster
67
The Great War and New Records
87
Aviation and the Victory Over the Axis
161
The Commercial Revolution
185
The Jet Age
212
Vertical and Military Flight
237
Into Outer Space
250
Satellites Shuttles and Space Stations
274
A Century of Wonder
294
Sources
301

Barnstormers and Daredevils
105
Women and New Progress in Aviation
122
The Fear of Flying and of Bombardment
142

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