The History of American Aviation and Space Travel

The History of American Aviation and Space Travel
Title The History of American Aviation and Space Travel PDF eBook
Author Richard S. Hartmetz
Publisher Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Pages 0
Release 2013-02-08
Genre Aeronautics
ISBN 9781482388657

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From before the Wright Brothers first flight, man has always dreamed of flying and traveling into space. This book details the human race's reach for the stars, covering almost a hundred historic aircraft, fifty of the most famous aviators and much more, with many photographs. You will learn some of the concepts involved in space travel and flying, and perhaps even have some fun. Join us on our journey from the first flight of a hot air balloon, to our voyage to Mars and beyond. The countdown has begun...




Performing Flight

Performing Flight
Title Performing Flight PDF eBook
Author Scott Magelssen
Publisher University of Michigan Press
Pages 205
Release 2020-01-01
Genre Performing Arts
ISBN 0472054538

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Performing Flight sheds new light on moments in the history of US aviation and spaceflight through the lens of performance studies. From pioneering aviator Bessie Coleman to the emerging industry of space tourism, performance has consistently shaped public perception of the enterprise of flight and has guaranteed its success as a mode of entertainment, travel, research, and warfare. The book reveals fundamental connections between performance and human aviation and space travel over the past 100 years, beginning with the early aerial entertainers known as barnstormers (named after itinerant 19th century theater troupes) to the performative history of the Enola Gay and its pilot Paul Tibbets, who dropped the bomb on Hiroshima, thus ushering in the atomic age. The book also explores the phenomenon of “the pilot voice”; the creation of the American Astronaut, on whose performative success the Cold War, the Space Race, and funding of the US Space Program all depended; and the performative strategies employed to cement notions of space tourism as both manifest destiny and an escape route from a failed planet. A final chapter addresses the four hijacked flights of 9/11 and their representations in discourse and in memorials. Performing Flight effectively and imaginatively demonstrates the ways in which performance and flight in the United States have been inextricably linked for more than a century.




The American Aviation Experience

The American Aviation Experience
Title The American Aviation Experience PDF eBook
Author Tim Brady
Publisher SIU Press
Pages 484
Release 2000
Genre History
ISBN 9780809323715

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This book is designed to be a primary text for courses in aviation history and development and aviation in America. The seventeen chapters in The American Aviation Experience: A History range chronologically from ancient times through the Wright brothers through both world wars, culminating with the development of the U.S. space program. Contributors also cover balloons and dirigibles, African American pioneers in aviation, and women in aviation. These essayists--leading scholars in the field--present the history of aviation mainly from an American perspective. The American Aviation Experience includes 335 black-and-white photographs, two maps, and an appendix, "Leonardo da Vinci and the Science of Flight.."




The Enterprise of Flight

The Enterprise of Flight
Title The Enterprise of Flight PDF eBook
Author Roger E. Bilstein
Publisher Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press
Pages 312
Release 2001-09-17
Genre Business & Economics
ISBN

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In a new introduction for this paperback edition (originally titled "The American Aerospace Industry"), Bilstein explains how international competition has affected American aerospace airline manufacturers and updates the controversy over the high cost of military aircraft, such as the F-22 Raptor.




Black Wings

Black Wings
Title Black Wings PDF eBook
Author Von Hardesty
Publisher Harper Collins
Pages 196
Release 2008-01-22
Genre Social Science
ISBN 0061261386

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Colin Powell once observed that "a dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work." This sentiment is mirrored dramatically in the story of African Americans in aerospace history. The invention of the airplane in the first decade of the twentieth century sparked a revolution in modern technology. Aviation in the popular mind became associated with adventure and heroism. For African Americans, however, this new realm of human flight remained off-limits, a consequence of racial discrimination. Many African Americans displayed a keen interest in the new air age, but found themselves routinely barred from gaining training as pilots or mechanics. Beginning in the 1920s, a small and widely scattered group of black air enthusiasts challenged this prevailing pattern of racial discrimination. With no small amount of effort—and against formidable odds—they gained their pilot licenses and acquired the technical skills to become aircraft mechanics. Over the course of the twentieth century and into the twenty-first, African Americans have expanded their participation in both military and civilian aviation and space flight, from the early pioneers and barnstormers through the Tuskegee airmen to Shuttle astronauts. Featuring approximately two hundred historic and contemporary photographs and a lively narrative that spans eight decades of U.S. history, Black Wings offers a compelling overview of this extraordinary and inspiring saga.




Flight in America

Flight in America
Title Flight in America PDF eBook
Author Roger E. Bilstein
Publisher
Pages 408
Release 1994
Genre Science
ISBN

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When first published in 1984, Roger Bilstein's Flight in America was widely hailed as the foremost history of what is arguably the most remarkable achievement of the twentieth century--human flight. Now, in this newly revised and expanded edition, Bilstein continues his comprehensive history to the closing decade of the present century and offers a glimpse of developments in the next. "The most comprehensive survey of the history of American aeronautics and space flight yet published."--Technology and Culture. "Bilstein casts wide and far to net virtually everything from technological trends and research and development to the effect of air travel on the expansion of major league baseball in the 1950s and early 1960s... A superior work that will satisfy aero buffsand professionals alike."--Journal of American History.




The Story of American Aviation

The Story of American Aviation
Title The Story of American Aviation PDF eBook
Author Jim Ray
Publisher Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Pages 104
Release 2017-08-24
Genre
ISBN 9781975728311

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In the following pages, Jim Ray, talented in his work of presentation and a conscientious student of aviation, presents a chain of highlights in the progress of American aeronautics. The work as a whole is directed toward a sound con�ception of the steps which have been taken in aircraft development. In so far as possible, with�out being exhaustive, Mr. Ray has portrayed the engineering advancement which underlies the structure of our swiftly developing air age. The reader who thoroughly digesta the text and illua�trationa of this book will find that it is an orderly and faithful guide. GILL ROBB WILSON .4t1ialio11 Eduor, Nftfl York Herald Tribune Director of .411iatlon Scare of New Jeney It is difficult to believe that, juat a little over thirty years ago, I was a high-school student watching the pilots at the Wright Brothers'' ex�hibition of the world''s first ftying machine. That machine weighed about eight hundred pounds. It, engine developed thirty horsepower. It ffew at the then astounding speed of forty-two milee an hour, which is equal to the landing speed of our sloweet light plane today. High-school stu�dents now are accustomed to the eight of giant airplanes whose weight ie measured in tone and whose horsepower mounts to the thousands. December, 1945, marks the forty-second an�niversary of the firat flight of an airplane. The progresa of aviation since that first ftight still 1eems unbelievable, even to one who has followed it! development closely. The purpose of this book is to trace the progre88 of aviation in America and to tell the story of the men and machines that have given this country supremacy in the air. In telling the story of American aviation from Kitty Hawk to the present day, I have been able to touch only the high spots in its dramatic prog�ress. Space limitations prevent me from giving personal credit to the hundreds of pioneer air�men, engineers, and mechanics who have con�tributed so greatly to the progree1 of American aviation. Lack of space also makes it impossible to give the complete story of the great Govern�ment research organization, the National Ad�visory Committee for Aeronautic,, whoee work hae been most fruitful in the advancement of civil and military aeronautics in the United States. As we look over the record of the astounding progress of American aviation in forty-two years, let us salute our military leaders who have visual�ized the need for air power; the men who have deejgned and built our great engines and air�planes, and the leaders of commercial aviation who have made air travel fast, safe, and eco�nomical. JIM RAT The Beginninge of American Aviation 6 Aviation in America in Its Early Daye 9 First Army Airplane 23 America Becomes Air-Minded 24 The Army and Navy Spread Their Wings 28 United States Military and Naval Aviation, World War I 32 The Fint Transatlantic Flight 34 Men and Machines, World War I 36 The First Air Mail 38 Precision Bombing la Born 40 The U. S. Navy''s First Aircraft Carrier 41 The First Flight Around the World 42 Air P~ogre88 44 America''s First All-Metal Transport 46 Better Power for America''s Airplanes 49 Record-Making Fokker Tri-Motor Transport Plane 50 Air Transport Grows 52 Donald Douglae'' Dream Comes True 54 Safety in Flight 56 Luxury Airlinen and Skysleepen Make Air Travel an Accepted Fact 58 Pan American Clippers Conquer Pacific Skies 60 Pan American Clipper Inaugurates America''s First Tranaatlantic Air Transport Service 62 Private Planes 64 Superchargers and Super-Airliners 65 Air Power for World War II 67 Naval Aviation, 1922-1935 68 Shipboard Fighten 69 Battleship of the Air 70 Naval Aviation Gets Ready 72 The U. S. Navy''s First Long-Range Flying Boats 74 Technical Progress in the U. S. Army Air Corps in the Thirties 76 Army Attack Aviation and Training 80 Superfighter 82 Man-Made Thunderbolt, Rip Wide a Path to Victory 84 Superf ortress 86 Naval Aviation in the Early Months of World War II 88 The U.S. Navy''s Deadlieet Fighter Plane 90