9780393322279

A Dream of Wings Americans and the Airplane, 1875-1905

  • ISBN 13:

    9780393322279

  • ISBN 10:

    0393322270

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 02/17/2002
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

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Summary

When Orville and Wilbur Wright soared over Kill Devil Hills in North Carolina's outer banks and solved the problem of aerial navigation, they wrote the last chapter in a long story. For decades prior, a small community of engineers, scientists, and dreamers'”men named Chanute and Langley and Herring'”had tried to make the ascent in every conceivable craft, from kites and gliders to an assortment of powered flying models. This fascinating assortment of characters and contraptions comes to life in Tom Crouch's classic A Dream of Wings. In the quest for flight, aeronautical societies were formed and broke apart, successes were celebrated, hopes rose and fell, and lessons were learned and built upon. The dreamers who blazed the path to a flying machine are bravely realized in these delightful pages.

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