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Flight – a Pictorial History of Aviation

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The complete story of man’s conquest of the air from his earliest dreams to the present jet age, dramatically portrayed in over 1,000 pictures.

Forward by Donald W. Douglas

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This book includes the following sections, all packed with detailed photographs, including Dwight D Eisenhower in a Piper Cub.

Eisenhower was the first President of the United States to hold a pilot’s license, certificate 93258.

Pictorial Contents

Introductory Statements

President Dwight D. Eisenhower
General James H. Doolittle


Donald Douglas

Balloons and Gliders

Man’s Dream of Flight
Leonardo da Vinci
The Balloon Era
Statements by Roy Knabenshue and Ralph Upson
The Montgolfier Brothers
Heavier–than-air Craft
Ader’s ‘Eole’
First Russian Plane
Balloons in U.S. Civil War and Franco-Prussian War
Santos-Dumont and Zeppelin Build Dirigibles
Samuel Langley

Wright Brothers’ Era

Editorial statements by Herbert Hoover and Brigadier General Frank P. Lahm
Wright Brothers Fly at Kitty Hawk
First Army Plane
France Blazes Air Trails
Wright Gets Competition
Glenn Curtiss Builds His First Planes
Bleriot Flies the English Channel
First International Meet
Sky Cruisers
Germany Launches Giant Airships
Air Shows Become Popular
Famous Fliers: Houdini, Fokker, Moisant
Statements by Lord Brabazon of Tara
Belmont Park Tournament Weird Flying Machines
Beginnings of Air Mail
Early Aircraft Manufactures
Beachey and other Great Stunt Fliers
Early Military Aviation
Daring Bird Girls
Glenn L. Martin
Sikorsky Builds World’s Largest Airplane
Wright Brothers Take Legal Action
First Scheduled Airline

First World War

Editorial Statements by Capt. Edward V. Rickenbacker and Col. Jesse G. Vincent
Zeppelin Raids
Fokker Builds Planes for Germany
U.S. Enters War
Naval Aviation
First Heavy Bombers
Aces of World War I
First Scheduled Air Mail in the U.S.

Courageous Twenties

Editorial Statement by Admiral Richard E. Byrd and Harry F. Guggenheim
Navy Seaplane Spans Atlantic
First Round the World Flight
Pulitzer Trophy Races
Schneider Races
Billy Mitchell
Warplanes Neglected
Charles Lindbergh
Aircraft Builders
First Airlines
Polar Flights
Science Adds Safety
Record Flights
Headline Makers

Age of Commercial Aviation

Editorial Statements by C.S. ‘Casey’ Jones and Igor Sikorsky
Commercial Aviation Airlines Become Big Business
French, Italian, and Dutch Planes
Air Science Comes of Age
Women in Aviation
Statement by Jacqueline Cochran
Famous Flight of the Thirties
Hindenberg Disaster
Air War in China, Ethiopia and Spain
Fascism’s Rise Spurs Military Designs

World War Two

Editorial Statements by General Carl Spaatz and Professor Willy Messerschmitt
Dawn of Jet Propulsion
Nazis Perfect Air Blitz
Battle of Britan
American Air Expansion
Pearl Harbor Attacked
War Skyrockets Production
U.S. Operations in Europe
Air War in the Pacific
Tokyo Bombed
German V-1 and V-2 Missiles
The A-Bomb

Post-War Era

Editorial Statements by Sir Geoffrey De Havilland and Bill Bridgeman
Aircraft Firms Demobilize
Post-War Airlines
Jet Airlines and Transports
War in Korea
Russian Planes in Korea
U.S. Jets
British Aviation
Growth of Air Power in Canada and Europe
Recent Soviet Aircraft
Aviation Serves Humanity
Technological Advances
Research Aircraft
Modern Military Giants
Private Planes Helicopters

The Future

Editorial Statement by Dr. Wernher von Braun
Rockets and Missiles
The Intercontinental Ballistics Missile
Conquest of Space
The First Artificial Satellites
Interplanetary Travel

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