Life Science Library: FLIGHT

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In 1903, a young man wobbled 120 feet over Carolina sand dunes in a contraption which revolutionized transportation with every sputter of its primitive engine.

Characteristics

Book cover finish Hardcover ( rounded spine binding )
Special features Slightly damaged dust jacket
Condition Good
Number of pages 200
Published date 1969
Languages English
Size 23 x 29 x 2 cm
Author H. Guyford – James J. Haggerty
Editor TIME-LIFE INTERNATIONAL (Nederland) N.V.

Description

In 1903, a young man wobbled 120 feet over Carolina sand dunes in a contraption which revolutionized transportation with every sputter of its primitive engine. In this volume, the Editors of the LIFE Science Library use concise, thoroughly researched text, colour diagrams, models and superbly reproduced photographs to relate the history of flight and explain aeronautical theory with unusual simplicity. Historic photographs and engravings re-capture the early days of flight — balloons, gliders and fantastic, multi-winged, steam-powered craft which often flew only when hurtling down precipitous inclines. 

 

You will follow the rapid evolution of these rickety craft into the supersonic, needle-like planes of today. Photographs help demonstrate how planes land and take off, how they bank and turn and what keeps them in the air in the first place. You will see the problems of breaking the sound barrier and learn the origins of terms like "G-force," "sonic boom" and "Mach," the language of flying today.

 

( ... ) You will see that guided by instruments alone, pilots can fly 3000 miles without ever looking outside their compartment, save to admire the view. Among the many pages of illustrations in FLIGHT you will find an essay on the beautiful, new world revealed to us by aerial photography — and some ancient mysteries it has explained as well. One of the most exciting fields of science, flying has long held man in fascination — just as FLIGHT will prove illuminating, engrossing reading for all ages.

À PROPOS DE CET AUTEUR
H. Guyford – James J. Haggerty

H. GUYFORD STEVER is president of Carnegie Institute of Technology. A specialist in aeronautics and astronautics, he was Chief Scientist for the Air Force in 1955 and 1956. Later he served as con-sultant for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Congressional Committee on Science and Astronautics. As a professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he headed two departments from 1961 to 1965.


JAMES J. HAGGERTY has won several awards for aviation and space writing, flew 52 missions as a navigator in World War II, and is himself a licensed pilot. He was aviation editor of Collier's magazine from 1953 to 1956.

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