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The Airplane: How Ideas Gave Us Wings

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In this entertaining history of the jetliner, Jay Spenser traces aviation's challenges from the outset, and follows the flow of the simple yet powerful ideas that led us to defy gravity. Here are the pioneers—innovators such as Otto Lilienthal, Igor Sikorsky, Louis Blriot, Hugo Junkers, and Jack Northrop—whose amazing contributions collectively solved the puzzle of flight. Along the way, Spenser demystifies the modern jetliner, examining the airplane from wings to flight controls to fuselages to landing gear, to show how each part came into being and evolved over time. And finally The Airplane addresses the future of aviation, outlining the breathtaking possibilities that await us tomorrow, many miles above the earth.
  • Who were aviation's dreamers, and where did they get their inspiration?
  • How did birds, insects, marine mammals, and fish help us to fly?
  • How did the bicycle beget the airplane, and hot water heaters lead to metal fuselages?
  • Who figured out how to fly without seeing the ground, enabling airline travel in all weather conditions?

Table of Contents

Conception: the thinker and the dreamer — Birth: Wilbur, Orville, and the world — Configuration: shapes and ideas — Fuselage: of drums and dragonflies — Wings, part I : from box kites to bridges — Wings, part II : cloud-cutting cantilevers — Empennage: whale flukes and arrow feathers — Flight controls: the chariot's reins — Flight deck: cockpits for aerial ships — Aero propulsion: prometheus is pushing — Landing gear: shoes, canoes, and carriage wheels — Passenger cabin: voyaging aloft — Systems integration: making flying safer — Today's state of the art: the Boeing 787 Dreamliner — Postscript: tomorrow's wings: future air travel technologies.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780061980442
Subtitle:
How Ideas Gave Us Wings
Publisher:
HarperCollins
Author:
Jay Spenser
Author:
Spenser, Jay
Subject:
Aviation - History
Subject:
Aviation - General
Subject:
Civil Engineering-Transportation
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20091124
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
340

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