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The Wright Flyers 1899-1916

The kites, gliders, and aircraft that launched the Air Age

Dr Richard P. Hallion Adam Tooby

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OSP Publishing inc
07 January 2020
Series: X-Planes
Orville and Wilbur Wright, two bicycle-making brothers from Dayton, Ohio, secured their place as the most famous names in aviation history when, on December 17, 1903, they made the first powered, controlled, and sustained heavier-than-air flight. But their success over the cold and windswept Carolina dunes that day has overshadowed their many other accomplishments before and after that historic flight. The Wrights' progression from theory to analysis to ground-testing components and wing shapes, and then to flight-testing kites, gliders, and their first powered aeroplane, marked the world's first successful 'X-Plane' research and development programme. They established a template all subsequent aircraft have followed, one still relevant in the era of hypersonic flight and drone research. This book traces the Wright Brothers' story, from their first success on that cold December day throughout their glory years to their eventual eclipse by other aviators. It explores in detail the process that lead them to their pioneering craft and their many subsequent achievements over the following years, and highlights their enduring importance in the age of modern flight.
By:   Dr Richard P. Hallion
Illustrated by:   Adam Tooby
Imprint:   OSP Publishing inc
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Volume:   13
Dimensions:   Height: 248mm,  Width: 184mm, 
Weight:   270g
ISBN:   9781472837776
ISBN 10:   1472837770
Series:   X-Planes
Pages:   80
Publication Date:   07 January 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Richard P. Hallion holds a PhD in history from the University of Maryland, and has completed specialized governmental and national security programmes at the Federal Executive Institute and the John F. Kennedy School of Government. He has held many high-profile posts, including as a Curator at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum; as the Charles Lindbergh Professor at the National Air and Space Museum; and as The Air Force Historian. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the Royal Aeronautical Society, and the Royal Historical Society, and an Honorary Member of the Order of Daedalians who has flown as a mission observer in a wide range of military aircraft. He is based in Shalimar, Florida.

Reviews for The Wright Flyers 1899-1916: The kites, gliders, and aircraft that launched the Air Age

In his conclusion, the author notes that the legacy of the ingenious brothers lives on with every flight. This concise history is a shining addition to Hallion's impressive body of work. - Aviation History


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