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Author Anderson, John D., Jr. (John David), 1937-

Title Inventing flight : the Wright brothers and their predecessors / John D. Anderson, Jr.

Published Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004.

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 UniM Bail  629.13009034 ANDE    AVAILABLE
Physical description viii, 176 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Prologue: The Miracle of Flight 1 -- 1 Imaginings 6 -- Setbacks 7 -- Insights 10 -- Devices 14 -- 2 Configurations 22 -- George Cayley and the Concept of Flight 25 -- William Samuel Henson and the Aerial Steam Carriage 28 -- Alphonse Penaud and Inherent Stability 35 -- 3 Experiments 40 -- Flight Testing 40 -- Laboratory Experiments 42 -- Trial and Error 50 -- 4 Aerodynamics 57 -- George Cayley 57 -- Otto Lilienthal 59 -- Samuel Langley 74 -- 5 Technology: Collecting Data 89 -- What the Wrights Knew 90 -- Thinking about Improvements 95 -- 6 Technology: Further Trials 112 -- A New Glider 112 -- Working in the Laboratory 119 -- To Publish or Not to Publish 125 -- 7 Technology: A Working Aircraft 130 -- Field Testing at Kitty Hawk 130 -- Working on Powered Machines 137 -- Success 149 -- A Langley's Power Law 159 -- B How the Wrights Misinterpreted the Lilienthal Tables 162 -- C Wright's Calculation of the Flyer Velocity 165.
Summary The invention of flight craft heavier than air counts among humankind's defining achievements. In this book, aviation engineer and historian John D. Anderson, Jr., offers a concise and engaging account of the technical developments that anticipated the Wright brothers' successful first flight on December 17, 1903. While the accomplishments of the Wrights have become legendary, we do well to remember that they inherited a body of aerodynamics knowledge and flying machine technology. In telling the dramatic story of the Wright brothers' many experiments at Kitty Hawk as they raced to become the first in flight, Anderson shows how the brothers succeeded where others failed by taking the best of early technology and building upon it using a carefully planned, step-by-step experimental approach. With vintage photographs and informative diagrams to enhance the text, Inventing Flight will interest anyone who has ever wondered what lies behind the miracle of flight.
Subject Wright, Orville, 1871-1948 -- Knowledge -- Aeronautics.
Wright, Wilbur, 1867-1912 -- Knowledge -- Aeronautics.
Aeronautics -- Research -- History -- 19th century.
Aeronautical engineers -- United States -- Biography.
ISBN 0801868742 (hardcover : alk. paper)
0801868750 (paperback: alk. paper)