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The Nation's Hangar: Aircraft Treasures of the Smithsonianby F. Robert Van Der Linden
Synopses & Reviews
The Nation's Hangar: Aircraft Treasures of the Smithsonian offers a fascinating textual and visual history of civilian, military, and commercial aviation from the earliest balloon flights to today's most advanced aircraft.
The Nation's Hangar charts the awe-inspiring history of flight around the world. F. Robert Van Der Linden, a Smithsonian curator and leading expert on aviation history, explains the fascinating stories behind aviation's great technological advances and provides historic and social context that highlights the many ways in which these innovations have changed the course of human history. The Nation's Hangar is also a visual delight. The Smithsonian aircraft collection has never looked so compelling and sleek. The Nation's Hangar is a must-have for that fly boy or fly girl in your flight pattern.
Book News Annotation:
This volume has been published to coincide with the completion of the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum. The center was built for the dual purpose of replacing the outmoded Garber Preservation, Restoration, and Storage Facility and allowing the public greater access to viewing the NASM's collection that is not on display at the Museum's building on the National Mall. It includes essays by the Museum's chairman of the Aeronautics division and curator of air transportation and special purpose aircraft on the history of military and civilian flight as reflected in the NASM's collection and numerous color photographs of the various planes discussed. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
F. ROBERT VAN DER LINDEN is the curator of special purpose aircraft and commercial aviation in the Smithsonian Institution National Air & Space Museum's Aeronautics Division. He is also the author of Best of the National Air & Space Museum. The author lives in Boyds, Maryland.
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