Great Aviators and Epic Flights
by Von Hardesty

Dive into the history of flight, in evocative stories and breathtaking images

cover image Flight--mankind's dream for centuries--is now so universal that it reaches into every corner of our existence. From innovations in transportation and commerce to feats of diplomacy and defense. Great Aviators and Epic Flights captures and celebrates twenty of the most significant flights of the first century of man's ability to soar.

Levin Associates and the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum have assembled the greatest stories of the evolution of flight. Beginning with the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk, this book traces the spectacular technological achievements and feats of human courage and conviction through true milestones of aviation: Louis Bleriot's crossing of the English Channel in 1911; WWI fighter ace William Barker; Charles Lindbergh and the Spirit of St. Louis; Valery Chkalov's transpolar flight; Chuck Yeager breaking the sound barrier in Glamorous Glennis.

Great Aviators and Epic Flights provides insights into how aircraft--planes, helicopters, balloons, and blimps--have been used as tools of humanity, bringing both comfort and destruction to those watching below, while expanding our knowledge of the Earth and its inhabitants. From the story of Bockscar and her crew that dropped the second nuclear bomb on Japan to helicopter rescue missions in Saigon, Great Aviators brings to life the most fascinating stories of both early and modern aviation.

Von Hardesty's thoughtful text, coupled with 200 stunning illustrations from the best aviation collections in the world, put the reader in the cockpit for an exhilarating ride through the history of flight.


10 7/8 x 12 1/2 in., 240 pages
ISBN: 0-88363-526-7
$40.00 U.S.

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