The Airplane: How Ideas Gave Us Wings

Paperback | November 24, 2009

byJay Spenser

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The Airplane by aerospace industry writer Jay Spencer, former assistant curator of the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum and the Museum of Flight in Seattle, is the definitive history of how we invented and refined the amazing flying machines that enabled humankind to defy gravity. A fascinating true account certain to enthrall a...

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In this entertaining history of the jetliner, Jay Spenser traces aviation's challenges from the outset, and follows the flow of the simple yet powerful ideas that led us to defy gravity. Here are the pioneers—innovators such as Otto Lilienthal, Igor Sikorsky, Louis Blériot, Hugo Junkers, and Jack Northrop—whose amazing contributions co...

Jay Spenser has spent a lifetime studying aviation as a museum curator at the National Air and Space Museum and the Museum of Flight, and as an aerospace industry writer. He is the co-author of747and lives in Seattle, Washington.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.79 inPublished:November 24, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061259209

ISBN - 13:9780061259203

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“An engaging text…The lively writing and the number of photographs set it above many of its competitors.”