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First to Fly: North Carolina and the Beginnings of Aviation

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A remarkable story filled with dreamers, inventors, scoundrels, and pioneering pilots, First to Fly recounts North Carolina's significant role in the early history of aviation. Beginning well before the Wright brothers' first powered flight at Kill Devil Hill in 1903, North Carolinians labored at the cutting edge of aviation technology from the late 1800s through World War I.

North Carolina was a launching ground for real and imaginary ballooning adventures as early as 1789. Powered experiments, including what seems to have been America's first airplane, gained momentum in the late nineteenth century. Tar Heel mechanics and inventors also built a dirigible and, arguably, the world's first successful helicopter.

Tom Parramore's account of the Wrights' experiments and turn-of-the-century Dare County provides new information on the crucial role of Outer Bankers in ensuring the Wrights' success. Without this aid, he argues, it is unlikely that the miracle of flight would have first been achieved in 1903--or in America. After 1903, growth in the new aviation industry, spurred by World War I, outpaced North Carolina's ability to play a major role. But the state produced some of the most notable airmen and women of the era, furnishing hundreds of pilots to the war effort.

Synopsis:

This book explores North Carolina's many contributions to early aviation, beyond its well-known role as the setting for the Wright brothers' first successful flight. Recovering the forgotten stories of North Carolinians' many early experiments, failures, and triumphs in aviation, he traces how dreams of flight became a reality in the state around the turn of the twentieth century.

Synopsis:

A century after the Wright brothers' first powered flight at Kill Devil Hill in 1903, Thomas Parramore recounts the Tar Heel State's significant role in the early history of aviation from the late 1800s through World War I. Recovering the forgotten stories of North Carolinians' many adventures, experiments, failures, and triumphs in aviation, he traces how dreams of flight became a reality in the state around the turn of the twentieth century.

About the Author

Thomas C. Parramore is professor of history emeritus at Meredith College in Raleigh and author, most recently, of Norfolk: The First Four Centuries.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807826768
Subtitle:
North Carolina and the Beginnings of Aviation
Author:
Parramore, Thomas C.
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Location:
Chapel Hill
Subject:
History
Subject:
Aeronautics
Subject:
Aeronautics & Astronautics
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
Aviation - History
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
airplanes; helicopters; dirigibles; seaplanes; antiaircraft guns; airplane exhibitions; barnstorming; World War I airmen; Belvin W. Maynard; Wright brothers; William W. Christmas; Outer Bankers
Subject:
Aeronautics - North Carolina - History
Subject:
Airplanes
Subject:
Helicopters
Subject:
dirigibles
Subject:
Seaplanes
Subject:
Antiaircraft guns.
Subject:
airplane exhibitions
Subject:
barnstorming
Subject:
World War I airmen
Subject:
Belvin W. Maynard
Subject:
Wright brothers
Subject:
William W. Christmas
Subject:
Outer Bankers
Subject:
Aviation - General
Subject:
Barns
Subject:
torming
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
643
Publication Date:
March 2003
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
, 109 illus., 2 maps
Pages:
388
Dimensions:
8.75 x 6.13 in 21.44 oz

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Product details 388 pages University of North Carolina Press - English 9780807826768 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , This book explores North Carolina's many contributions to early aviation, beyond its well-known role as the setting for the Wright brothers' first successful flight. Recovering the forgotten stories of North Carolinians' many early experiments, failures, and triumphs in aviation, he traces how dreams of flight became a reality in the state around the turn of the twentieth century.
"Synopsis" by , A century after the Wright brothers' first powered flight at Kill Devil Hill in 1903, Thomas Parramore recounts the Tar Heel State's significant role in the early history of aviation from the late 1800s through World War I. Recovering the forgotten stories of North Carolinians' many adventures, experiments, failures, and triumphs in aviation, he traces how dreams of flight became a reality in the state around the turn of the twentieth century.
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