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Airplanes

Paperback
, 184 pages

27 halftones, 4 line drawings

ISBN:
9780801890697
October 2008
$20.95

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Airplanes

The Life Story of a Technology

The airplane has redefined the way in which people travel, conduct commerce, spend their leisure time, and wage war. From the Wright brothers' wood-and-fabric Flyer to the modern jet aircraft, the airplane has evolved in countless ways as its many uses have unfolded. The development of safe and efficient air travel required solving multiple engineering riddles about aerodynamics, control, propulsion, and structures. Airplanes shows how the solutions to these riddles have helped spur dramatic changes in the world's social and cultural life.

Jeremy R. Kinney is curator in the Aeronautics Division at the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution. He has served as the Centennial of Flight lecturer at the University of Maryland.

"The author manages to do an impressive job of thoroughly discussing the details and specifics of the way that airplane technology improved and the political movements, world events, and social change that brought about these improvements. The introduction also offers an excellent overview of the physics of flight and the time line of the evolution of the airplane."

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