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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.

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:
9780807854709
Author:
Parramore, Thomas C.
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Subject:
Aeronautics & Astronautics
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:
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:
barnstormin
Subject:
G
Subject:
Aviation - General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
March 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
, 109 photos, 2 maps
Pages:
388
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.88 in

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