This is an astonishing book, filled with black and white illustrations as well as many in full colour, about aircraft through the ages.
||31 x 28 x 3 cm
|Nbr. de pages
|Etat du livre
||Très bon état
||Charles Harvard Gibbs - Smith
||Hart - Davis, MacGibbon Ltd
Flight Through the Ages represents not only a chronological tour of the incredible ingenuity and technological growth since the day of Kitty Hawk, but also an engrossing survey of the ages of dreams, theories and gadgets which preceded the twentieth century. This book is distinguished not only for the scope and accuracy of its content, but also for its magnificent physical appearance, especially the meticulously researched and detailed illustrations.
Charles Harvard Gibbs - Smith ( March 22nd, 1909 - December 3rd, 1981 ) was a British polymath historian of aeronautics and aviation. Born in Teddington, Greater London, he attended King's College School, Cambridge, and Westminster School in Central London before earning a Master of Arts degree at Harvard University in 1932. The same year, he gained employment as an assistant keeper at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
In 1939 he organised the Exhibition of Early Photographs to Commemorate the Centenary of Photography ( 1839 - 1939 ). He was seconded to the Ministry of Information in the Second World War and conducted training in aircraft recognition for the Royal Observer Corps - this experience catalysed a deep interest in aviation history. He authored the government's manual on aircraft recognition in 1944 as well as being a contributor to the training journal Aircraft Recognition, then became the Ministry's Director of the Photographic Division in 1945.
Between 1947 and 1971 he was Keeper of the Department of Public Relations at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Upon retirement, he was chosen as the first Charles A. Lindbergh Chair in Aerospace History at the National Air and Space Museum in 1978, for which he spent a year in the United States studying the papers of the Wright brothers.
Charles Harvard Gibbs - Smith wrote several books about aviation, such as The Great Exhibition of 1851 ( 1951 ), Sir George Cayley's Aeronautics 1796 - 1855 ( 1962 ) and The Rebirth of European Aviation 1902 - 1908 ( 1974 ).
( source : Wikipedia )