GREAT AIRCRAFT by Norman Macmillan


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More than a description of individual history-making aircraft, this book by a popular British writer and flyer, creates a brief history of English and American aviation by discussing not only the planes but the men who flew them. Naturally, he starts with the Wright Brothers, covering not only their flying but their legal adventures in the world of patents. World War I flying, early long distance flights, racing, the birth of the Spitfire, and an interesting account of the B29 and its fire raids on Japan, bring the reader to the present with its tragedy of the Comet I and the dramatic advent of the Jet Age . Lively, tersely written, and certainly fit reading for a large male audience of all ages.

Publisher: St. Martin's Press