Author: Robert Van Der Linden
Publisher: Zenith Press
Release Date: 2016-05-15
Experience the history of flight with the world-class aviation collection at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, which attracts millions and millions of visitors each year in Washington, D.C. From the moment the Wright Brothers first took flight in 1903 to the modern-day reliance on stealth aircraft and drones, there have been significant advances made in aviation. Milestones of Flight celebrates each era of advancements by showcasing the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's world-class aircraft collection. Authored by Dr. Robert van der Linden, a leading expert on aviation and Chairman of the Aeronautics Department at the NASM, this book is a stunning profile of the advancements in flight from decade to decade, illustrated with beautiful, large-scale photography and enhanced with little-known facts, anecdotes, and insights from major players in the aviation industry. Climb inside the cockpit of the Spirit of St. Louis that Charles Lindbergh piloted solo across the Atlantic Ocean, making history. Contrast that with a Boeing B-29 Superfortress, the first aircraft to drop an atomic bomb. The full-page photos of each milestone-making aircraft are accompanied by timelines to showcase related aircraft as well as sidebars with interesting and little-known facts, stories, and related research
The National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution, located in Washington, D.C., provides information about the Friendship 7 spacecraft. The spacecraft was involved in the Mercury MA-6 mission, which included the American astronaut John Glenn (1921- ). With this mission, Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth. The Friendship 7 spacecraft is on display in the Milestones of Flight gallery at the National Air and Space Museum.
Author: Tim Grove
Release Date: 2016-06-28
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Milestones of Flight takes readers soaring through the high points of American aviation: from the Wright brothers and their competitors to the military pilots who first circumnavigated the globe, from the initial space rocket to the moon walk, from the earliest manmade satellite to today’s spy drones. The book also describes what inventions—such as rocket propulsion, the wind tunnel, and the silicon chip—helped move flight upward and beyond. Profusely illustrated with objects from the Smithsonian’s collection, Milestones of Flight provides an inspiring look at America’s contributions to aviation. The book includes a bibliography, author’s note, and index.
Author: James E. David
Publisher: Zenith Press
Release Date: 2014-05-15
Genre: Technology & Engineering
DIVA beautifully illustrated history of the exploration of space through the most iconic objects from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum./divDIV /divDIVThroughout the whole of human history, across all of Earth’s cultures and landscapes, countless individuals have gazed with wonder in the same direction: upwards. Getting to space was no easy task, and our curiosity with the surrounding universe has long been a source of earthly pride and competition. At the bottom of this international technological rivalry, though, lies one unifying purpose, which is to understand the impossibly vast heavens. In Milestones of Space, Michael Neufeld and select curators of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum present a gorgeous photographic celebration of some of the most groundbreaking artifacts that played key parts in giving humanity its first steps into the cosmos. Focusing on the most iconic objects and technology—such as Friendship 7,the Lunar Module 2, Neil Armstrong’s Lunar Suit, the Hubble Space Telescope, and Space Shuttle Discovery—this book extensively profiles eleven of the NASM’s most important breakthroughs in space technology. The NASM curators feature each object in incredible detail with compelling timelines, sidebars and captions, and over 150 archival images that provide new and little-known insights into their development and historical context. We are still a long way from grasping our universe . . . but for now, Milestones of Space magnificently commemorates the individuals and inventions that have taken us this far./div
A chronicle of 100 of the most significant achievements in aviation. From the vision of aviation pioneers like Orville Wright to government agencies like NASA, this book offers a detailed account of aerospace history and the impact on society as a whole.
Follow the fascinating path of human flight and flying machines from the first early attempts in the middle ages to the development of highly advanced intruments and tools on-board the modern aircraft. In-depth facts and stunning photographs make this a perfect resource for projects, reference and discovery.
This addition to the visually stimulating Sci-Hi series looks at the applications of science and new technologies to the field of cars & motorbikes and how they affect our lives. It looks at new materials, discoveries, and inventions and assesses their environmental impact.
Author: Graham Simons
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Release Date: 2013-11-14
This new volume from the respected and well-regarded aviation historian and author Graham Simons is sure to appeal to all aviation enthusiasts, including as it does a wide array of historical sources and archival information drawn together into one consolidated volume the closest to a definitive study of the craft than any produced before. ??Extensively illustrated throughout, the book features details lifted directly from enquiry and salvage reports, much of which has never been published before and offers a unique insight into the failures and tragedies that blighted the early days of development, laying down lessons that were ultimately to benefit later designs. As part of his research into the book, the author met and interviewed Harry Povey, the De Havilland Production Manager and John Cunningham, the Comet test pilot who would be the first to experience flight at the helms of the iconic craft. Both of these first hand accounts are relayed in the book, adding a deeper sense of authenticity and a more personalised account of proceedings than facts and reports alone are able to achieve.??Attention is also paid to the derivative Nimrod design, and the book features an interview that the author conducted with the aircraft commander of the last ever Nimrod operational flight. Interviews of this kind are supplemented by the author's own narrative of proceedings, setting personal experience within historical context and exploring the themes and historical topics that the interviews evoke.
Thirty years ago when Sir Richard Branson called up Boeing and asked if they had a spare 747, few would have predicted the brash entrepreneur would so radically transform the placid business of air travel. But today, Branson flies airlines on six continents, employs hundreds of jets and, in 2014, was predicting that his spaceship company – Virgin Galactic – would soon open the space frontier to commercial astronauts, payload specialists, scientists and space tourists. With more than 600 seats sold at $250,000 each, what started off as a dream to send people just for the excitement to look back and marvel at Earth, was on the cusp of finally being turned into a business. Then, on October 21, 2014, tragedy struck. SpaceShipTwo was on its most ambitious test flight to date. Seconds after firing its engine, Virgin Galactic’s spaceship was breaking through the sound barrier. In just the three seconds that it took for the vehicle to climb from Mach 0.94 to Mach 1.02, co-pilot Mike Alsbury made what many close to the event believe was a fatal mistake that led to his death and the disintegration of SpaceShipTwo. Miraculously, the pilot, Peter Siebold, survived the 16-km fall back to Earth. Soon after the event Branson vowed to continue his space tourism venture in spite of this. Already a second SpaceShipTwo is being built, and ticket-holders eagerly await the day when Virgin Galactic offers quick, routine and affordable access to the edge of space. This book explains the hurdles Virgin Galactic had and still has to overcome en route to developing suborbital space travel as a profitable economic entity, and describes the missions that will be flown on board SpaceShipTwo Mk II, including high-altitude science studies, astronomy, life sciences, and microgravity physics.
The story of Edah Franz, who had many fascinating experiences in the Middle East as a performer, a survivor of WWII German and Russian occupations in Hungary, a refugee emigrating to Brazil; finally becoming a U,S, citizen. Retired now,and lecturing about all those experiences in schools and adult education centers.
The ideas of US Air Force Colonel John Boyd have transformed American military policy and practice. A first-rate fighter pilot and a self-taught scholar, he wrote the first manual on jet aerial combat; spearheaded the design of both of the Air Force's premier fighters, the F-15 and the F-16; and shaped the tactics that saved lives during the Vietnam War and the strategies that won the Gulf War. Many of America's best-known military and political leaders consulted Boyd on matters of technology, strategy, and theory. In The Mind of War, Grant T. Hammond offers the first complete portrait of John Boyd, his groundbreaking ideas, and his enduring legacy. Based on extensive interviews with Boyd and those who knew him as well as on a close analysis of Boyd's briefings, this intellectual biography brings the work of an extraordinary thinker to a broader public. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Author: Barry Leonard
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
Release Date: 2008-11
The Intell. Community produces annual reports containing the latest intelligence on ballistic missile (BM) develop. and threats and a discussion of non-missile threat options. This paper is an unclassified summary of the Nat. Intell. Estimate that is the 4th annual report. It describes: new BM develop. and their projections of likely BM threats to the U.S., U.S. interests overseas, and military forces or allies through 2015; updates assessments of theater BM forces worldwide; discusses the evolving proliferation environment; and provides a summary of forward-based threats and cruise missiles. Examines future BM capabilities of several countries that have BM and BM develop. programs: Russia, China, N. Korea, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, India, and Pakistan.