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Centennial of Flight Series #11: Sky as Frontier


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The airplane changed the course of history. Above all, it changed the history of the United States. When the Wright brothers invented their flying machine, Americans lived in a nation of two dimensions, circumscribed by lines drawn on a conventional map. A century later, their nation existedand#151;in fact, reignedand#151;in three dimensions. Two million Americans slipped the surly bonds of earth daily, carried aloft by aircraft operating in every part of the world.

The airplane turned the sky into a new domain of human activity, a fast-developing frontier. The first to brave that frontier were adventurous young men. Then came the rich and the hurried. Then just about everybody else. Until now, no one has told the story of aviation as one of frontier expansion. David Courtwright does so in Sky as Frontier. He has written an ambitious history of American aviation ranging from the patent fight between the Wright brothers and Glenn Curtiss through the tragedy of 9/11 and the Iraq War. Along the way, Courtwright stops to consider dogfighting, barnstorming, the first air mail pilots, the development of airlines, air power during World War II, flightand#8217;s impact on the environment, the troubled space frontier, and how the male-dominated aviation enterprise was domesticated and democratized.

Aviationand#8217;s frontier stage lasted a scant three decades, then vanished as flying became a settled experience. Sky as Frontier recreates that pioneer world and shows how commercial and military imperatives destroyed it by routinizing flight. At bottom, it is the story of a fateful tradeoff. Rationalization killed the adventure in flying but made possible rapid aerial expansion. With it came commercial growth and glob8al military reach. In no other country did social life, business, and military operations become so intertwined with aerospace advances, or have such large consequences for national power and prestige.

About the Author

David Courtwright writes about U.S. and world history. His recent books include Violent Land: Single Men and Social Disorder from the Frontier to the Inner City and the prize-winning Forces of Habit: Drugs and the Making of the Modern World. He lives in Jacksonville and teaches at the University of North Florida.

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Courtwright, David T.
Texas A&M University Press
College Station
Aeronautics & Astronautics
United States - General
Science Reference-Technology
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1st ed.
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Trade Paper
Centennial of flight series ;
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vyp. 461no. 11
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35 bandw photos., 9 line art., 2 maps.,
9.25 x 6.13 in 1.1 lb

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History and Social Science » Economics » General
History and Social Science » Military » Aviation History
History and Social Science » US History » General
Reference » Science Reference » Technology
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