This historical look at aviation was published in 1944 before much of it had been forgotten or overlooked. A great look back from generations ago. Superb.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Chapter 1. THE EARLY STAGES
Legendary Period —Leonardo da Vinci —A New Idea: Lighter-Than-Air— History of Early Airplane Experiments—Henson and Stringfellow—Laboratory Research—Aviation Experiments in France—Captain Le Bris and The Albatros—Alphonse Penaud, Father of Model Flying—Mouillard, Missionary of Motorless Flight—Nearly Successful Airplanes—Ader’s Machine Makes a Jump—Maxim’s Giant Airplane—Langley and His “Aerodromes” —Lilienthal, Pioneer of Gliding—Percy S. Pilcher—Chanute, Father of American Aviation—Professor Montgomery
- Chapter 2. THE WRIGHT BROTHERS AND OTHER PIONEERS
The Secret of Balancing —Their First Glider — The Second Glider — The Wrights Master the Art of Gliding—The Powered Airplane—The First Successful Flight—Learning the Art of Piloting—Other Pioneers—The First Official Records—The Voisin Box Kites—The Aerial Experiment Association—The Wrights Win General Recognition—Public Demonstration—The Army’s First Plane—An Industry Is Born —European Aviation —Flight Across the Channel—The Reims Aviation Meet—Aviation in England—The Chavez Flight—Great Flights in America—The Belmont Park Meet—The Exhibition Period of American Aviation
- Chapter 3. PROGRESS IN AIRPLANE PERFORMANCE
The Germans Catch Up—Beginning of Acrobatic Flying—Progress in Design and Construction—Streamlining—Engine Development—Development of the Seaplane
- Chapter 4. THE BEGINNING OF MILITARY AVIATION AND WORLD WAR I
Naval Aviation—World War I—War Planes, 1914-18—America’s Part
- Chapter 5. THE POST WAR PERIOD
Outstanding Flights After World War I—American Army Flights—The Lindbergh Era—Other Important Flights
- Chapter 6. CIVIL AVIATION
The American Air Mail—Other Early Activities—Air Transport in Europe— The Growth of American Air Transport—Pan American—The Atlantic— Wartime Air Transport
- Chapter 7. HELICOPTERS AND LIGHTER-THAN-AIR CRAFT
Helicopters—The Autogiro—Success With Helicopters—Motorless Flight—Invention of Balloons—Balloon Voyages—Balloons in America—Balloons in War—Practical Use of Free Balloons—Airships—The First Airship Flights Santos – Dumont — The Zeppelins — Airships in America—Airships After World War 1—Airships in the Present War
- Chapter 8. AVIATION AND WORLD WAR II
Planes in World War II—Bombing—Air War—Future Trends—Air and Sea Battles—Development of Equipment
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