THE FLYING YEARS by Lamont Buchanan


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A Pictorial History of Man's Conquest of the Air""- published in commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Wright brothers famous flight and tailored more to the demands of a non-flying, souvenir hunting public than the specialist's tastes. A host of illustrations and photographs- 275 of them- and a brief running commentary of text chronologically cover man's attempts to rise into the atmospheres -- from Dedalus and Icarus to forth-coming space flight. Noted here, and praised, is every flight event- from those perhaps forgotten in the interim, like the Earhart and Post flights, to those ever-to-be-remembered, like Lindbergh's and the earlier accomplishments at Kitty Hawk and, still earlier, in the balloon-dotted French skies. And on down to the present there is the record of the famous generals- Allied and Axis- and their air forces, and of the commercial buddings recently blossomed into the British jet liners that cross our oceans at a speed of over 400 m.p.h. A pleasing harvest of the cream of the crop, providing a definite birds eye view of the world's conglomerate air-history.

Pub Date: Oct. 19th, 1953
Publisher: Putnam