OVER LAND AND SEA by Robert & Walter S. Taylor Scharff


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The Atlantic Ocean, one of these days, will be no more difficult to cross by air than a fish pond."" Thus Glenn Hammond Curtiss, who climaxed his life's career in aviation with the successful transatlantic flight of his NC-4. The authors in presenting that career are intent upon proving Curtiss' great contribution to American aviation, not only through his flights and airplane designs (the flying boat, the hydro-aeroplane, the amphibian, dual controls, tricycle landing gear, etc.) but through his opposition in court of the Brothers Wright, who tried to tie it up and keep it for themselves. Curtiss revealed his interests early--bicycles held a peculiar fascination--moved on to his own motorcycle, the June Bug which first flew in public on December 17, 1903. He proceeded to partnership, then his own corporation, meanwhile making a name for himself as an aviator and developing his planes, for which military and commercial purposes hove into view. The authors (respectively an aviator-writer and associate of the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum) make a routine run over the Curtiss professional milestones, barely acknowledging the personal.

Pub Date: June 28th, 1968
Publisher: McKay