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Aviation From the winged gods of mythology to the technology of the Stealth Bomber, Aviation: A Smithsonian Guide presents the thrilling panorama of world aviation. It combines fast-paced narrative by Flying Tiger pilot Don Lopez with stunning color visuals from the National Air and Space Museum. The Complete Story Seven thematic sections detail landmark events, technological advances, and the drama of the men, women, and aircraft that soared ever higher, farther, and faster. Here are balloonists and barnstormers, stunt fliers and jet pilots, the Wright Brothers, Amelia Earhart, Chuck Yeager, and many more. Fact boxes and diagrams explain such concepts as wing design and jet propulsion, while two-page portraits feature planes. Aviation includes more than 350 illustrations, photographs, and other artworks. Events that shaped the course of aviation are presented in an 8-page foldout illustrated timeline, an instant reference to the entire subject. The 40-page photo glossary offers easy identification and concise explanations of technical and scientific terms, plus biographies of major people. Entertaining and understandable, this information-packed guide will be read and referred to again and again. Authoritative Readable Easy to Use Each Smithsonian Guide provides a concise, easy-to-follow introduction to a complex subject. With lively text by the nation's leading experts and illustrations and photographs from Smithsonian collections, the series forms a unique home-reference library.
Aviation This comprehensive, easy-to-use guide tells the fascinating story of one of the greatest technical triumphs of our timesthe story of flight. Produced in association with the world-renowned Smithsonian Institution, Aviation is lavishly illustrated with materials from the collection of the National Air and Space Museum. This Smithsonian Guide features:
- Detailed text by a Smithsonian expert clearly explaining how world aviation developed
- More than 350 full-color photographs and explanatory illustrations of airplanes, equipment, people, and events
- Full-color foldout timeline of aviation milestones decade by decade
- 40-page quick-access A-to-Z glossary, including capsule biographies, special terms, and key concepts
Smithsonian Guides is an illustrated home reference series exploring the worlds of science, nature, technology, and history, produced in unique partnership with the world's most popular museum. Each superbly produced guide stands alone as a compact introduction to its subject. Taken together, Smithsonian Guides form a library on topics timeless in their appeal. Other titles: Spaceflight Planets Zoo Animals Automobiles Railroads
About the Author
DONALD S. LOPEZ, Senior Advisor to the Director of the National Air and Space Museum, was a World War II ace, flying P-40's in China. His books include Into the Teeth of the Tiger; The National Air and Space Museum: A Visit in Pictures; and Fighter Pilot Heaven: Flight Testing the Early Jets.
Table of Contents
Dreams, Failures, and Triumphs.
World War I.
The Golden Age.
World War II.
The Jet Age.
Wild Ideas and Future Flight.