A collection of prose and poetry follows the ""progress of flight and man's attitude toward it"" with many types of inclusions and arranges its selections by chronology of content rather than chronology of composition. It is divided into five sections that run from before 1914, World War I, the years between wars, World War II and after. Dreams and visions, attempts and accomplishments are here as are concepts of flight and the responsibilities of men as fliers. From Ovid and Milton, Johnson, Swift and Poe, Tennyson, Whitman and Dos Passos; from Nordhoff and Hall, Yeats, Faulkner, Conrad and Hardy, Saint Exupery, Anne Morrow Lindbergh; from Steinbeck, Shaw, Thurber, Jan Struther and Michener (for just a sampling of names) -- come these flashes, pictures, stories, accounts of yesterday, today -- and tomorrow's air age. Darius Green is here as well as the White Sands testing grounds, balloons give way to the Wright brothers, to greater heights and faster speeds, to jets and further space conquest. There is war from the air and the emotions it produces; there are the many, many ""men rashly mounting"". An interesting assembly represents a swift advance.