Summer Reading Sale
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN!

Weekly drawing for $100 credit. Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

More at Powell's


Recently Viewed clear list


Original Essays | June 20, 2014

Lisa Howorth: IMG So Many Books, So Many Writers



I'm not a bookseller, but I'm married to one, and Square Books is a family. And we all know about families and how hard it is to disassociate... Continue »

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$27.00
Sale Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Burnside Military- Aviation History

Hero of the Air: Glenn Curtiss and the Birth of Naval Aviation

by

Hero of the Air: Glenn Curtiss and the Birth of Naval Aviation Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

This book focuses on the role of Glenn H. Curtiss in the origins of aviation in the United States Navy. A self-taught mechanic and inventor, Curtiss was a key figure in the development of the airplane during the early part of the century. His contributions are generally well known, among them a control system using the aileron instead of the Wrights' wing-warping, the first successful hydro-airplane and flying boat, among other developments. Curtiss's links to the Navy came as result of advocates of aviation in the Navy, chief among them Captain Washington I. Chambers, who recognized that the navy had special requirements for airplanes and their operations, and for aviators and their training. In a partnership with the navy, Curtiss helped meet the special requirements of the service for aircraft, particularly those with the potential for operating with naval vessels at sea or in conducting long-distance flights over water. He also was instrumental in training the first naval aviators. Curtiss and the navy continued their collaboration through World War I, reaching a climax in 1919 with the first transatlantic flight by the famed Navy-Curtiss NC flying boats. The book addresses the broader implications of the Curtiss-Navy collaboration in the context of the long-standing trend of government-private cooperation in the introduction and development of new technologies. It also explores the interactive dynamics of weapons procurement and technological change within a large and entrenched bureaucracy and helps lay to rest the persistent myth that the navy resisted the introduction of aviation. The pioneering work of Curtiss and his close ties with Chambers and others helped the navy to define the role of aviation in the years up to and through World War I. The book will relies heavily on primary source materials from a variety of archival collections, including the Library of Congress, National Archives, National Air and Space Museum, and the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum.

Book News Annotation:

Trimble (history, Auburn U., Alabama) offers a biography of pioneer aviator and aircraft designer, Curtiss (1878-1930), focusing on his efforts from 1910 to design planes that could be used in naval warfare. His perspectives are young and restless, Bell's lab, the flying bug, the exhibition business, the partnership, high above Keuka's waters, the Navy's wings, headwinds, and challenges old and new. A battery of contemporary photographs shows people and planes. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

A Professor of History at Auburn University in Alabama, William F. Trimble received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Professor Trimble's book, Attack from the Sea: A History of the U.S. Navy's Seaplane Striking Force, was published by the Naval Institute Press in 2005. His book, Admiral William A. Moffett: Architect of Naval Aviation, was reprinted in 2007 as one of the Naval Institute Press Bluejacket Books.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781591148791
Author:
Trimble, William F
Publisher:
US Naval Institute Press
Author:
Trimble, William F.
Subject:
Military
Subject:
Biography-Military
Publication Date:
20100531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Other books you might like

  1. Library of America #197: American...
    Used Hardcover $19.95

Related Subjects

Biography » Military
History and Social Science » Military » Aviation History
History and Social Science » Military » German Aviation
History and Social Science » Military » Naval History
Transportation » Aviation » Biographies

Hero of the Air: Glenn Curtiss and the Birth of Naval Aviation Sale Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$27.00 In Stock
Product details 320 pages US Naval Institute Press - English 9781591148791 Reviews:
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.