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Author Hallion, Richard, 1948-

Title Taking flight : inventing the aerial age from antiquity through the First World War / by Richard P. Hallion.

Published New York : Oxford University Press, 2003.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  629.13009 HALL    AVAILABLE
Physical description xxi, 531 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Notes Includes index.
Contents Introduction: From Myth to Machine xv -- Part 1 Preparing the Way: from Antiquity to the Enlightenment -- Chapter 1 Of Dreams and Desires 3 -- Chapter 2 Conflicting Ideas and Societies 24 -- Part 2 Ethereal Flight: Inventing the Balloon and Airship, 1782-1900 -- Chapter 3 Astonishing Year 47 -- Chapter 4 Exploiting the Balloon 61 -- Chapter 5 Quest for Steerable Flight 81 -- Part 3 Winged Flight: Early Conceptions of the Airplane, 1792-1903 -- Chapter 6 Sir George Cayley and the Birth of Aeronautics 101 -- Chapter 7 Frustrated Hopes of French Aeronautics 120 -- Chapter 8 Anglo-American School of Power and Lift 138 -- Part 4 Airmen Triumphant: Lilienthal, Chanute, and the Wrights, 1891-1905 -- Chapter 9 Lilienthal Legacy 161 -- Chapter 10 Enter the Wrights 178 -- Chapter 11 "They Done It, They Done It, Damned If They Ain't Flew!" 193 -- Part 5 Europe Resurgent, 1905-1909 -- Chapter 12 "L'affaire Wright" 213 -- Chapter 13 "The Flying Industry Is Already Born" 234 -- Chapter 14 "The Age of Flight Is the Age We Live In" 250 -- Part 6 Expansion, Incorporation, Maturation: Beginning the Aerial Age, 1910-1914 -- Chapter 15 Global Expansion 271 -- Chapter 16 Loss of Innocence 296 -- Chapter 17 Triumphs of Speed and Distance 316 -- Part 7 Tennyson Fulfilled: Putting Prophecy into Practice, 1914 and Afterwards -- Chapter 18 Into the Whirlwind 335 -- Chapter 19 Grappling in the Central Blue 349 -- Chapter 20 Reflections on the Beginning of the Aerial Age 380 -- Afterword: Technology of Light or Technology of Darkness? Considering Flight after 9/11/01 405.
Summary The invention of flight represents the culmination of centuries of thought and desire. Kites and rockets sparked our collective imagination. Then the balloon gave humanity its first experience aloft, though at the mercy of the winds. The steerable airship that followed had more practicality, yet a number of insurmountable limitations. But the airplane truly launched the Aerial Age, and its subsequent impact -- from the vantage of a century after the Wright brothers' historic flight on December 17, 1903 -- has been extraordinary. Richard Hallion, a distinguished international authority on aviation, offers a bold new examination of aviation history, stressing its global roots. The result is an interpretive history of uncommon sweep, complexity, and warmth. Taking care to place each technological advance in the context of its own period as well as that of the evolving era of air travel, this ground-breaking work follows the pre-history of flight, the work of balloon and airship advocates, fruitless early attempts to invent the airplane, the Wright brothers and other pioneers, the impact of air power on the outcome of World War I, and finally the transfer of prophecy into practice as flight came to play an ever-more important role in world affairs, both military and civil. Making extensive use of extracts from the journals, diaries, and memoirs of the pioneers themselves, and interspersing them with a wide range of rare photographs and drawings, Taking Flight leads readers to the laboratories and airfields where aircraft were conceived and tested. Forcefully yet gracefully written in rich detail and with thorough documentation, this book is certain to be the standard reference for years to come on how humanity came to take to the sky, and what the Aerial Age has meant to the world since da Vinci's first fantastical designs.
Subject Aeronautics -- History.
ISBN 0195160355