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The Airplane: How Ideas Gave Us Wings
 
 
Author
Jay Spenser.
Publisher Collins  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.5 x 1.05 inches
ISBN 9780061259197
Pages/Publication Date 340/2008
Daedalus Item Code 13783
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Who were aviation's dreamers, and from where did they draw their inspiration? What lessons did inventors learn from birds, insects, marine mammals, and fish that helped us fly? How did the bicycle lead to the airplane, and hot water heaters to metal fuselages? And who figured out how to fly without seeing the ground, setting the stage for scheduled airline services in all weather conditions? In this entertaining history of the jetliner, former National Air and Space Museum curator Jay Spenser follows the flow of simple yet powerful ideas to trace aviation's challenges, introducing us to such pioneers and innovators as Otto Lilienthal, Igor Sikorsky, Louis Blériot, Hugo Junkers, and Jack Northrop.

"A story with a new character and a new engineering problem on every other page, each served with a sense of delight in ideas that sent humanity aloft."—Seattle Times

 
 
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