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Hardcover On Great White Wings: The Wright Brothers and the Race for Flight Book

ISBN: 0786866861

ISBN13: 9780786866861

On Great White Wings: The Wright Brothers and the Race for Flight

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On the eve of the hundredth anniversary of the historic events at Kitty Hawk comes a splendidly illustrated account of the legendary twelve-second flight that changed the world forever. On December... This description may be from another edition of this product.

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Great photgraphs and fascinating details

I've purchased several of the books on the Wright Brothers released in anticipation of the centennial. This is the best I've read so far. I especially enjoyed the many photographs of the several Flyers and of the brother's home, workshop and test locations in Dayton and NC.I also appreciated the way the author examined and explained many technical details of how the flyer was rigged and how the controls operated.This is one of the few books about the Wrights that explains the true importance of what the Wrights discovered, the secret of coordinated control of roll and yaw.This book is well disserving of space on the coffee table of any aviation enthusiast.

worth it just for the great pictures

There is no shortage of quality biographies of the Wright brothers (I particularly enjoyed The Bishop's Boys by Tom Crouch), and with the Centenary of their historic powered flight coming up in 2003 (December 17th), there are likely to be a few more added to the shelf. An author (or authors) would therefore do well to have something about their book that will distinguish it from the others. In the exquisite new book, On Great White Wings, Fred Culick and Spencer Dunmore have found just the thing to separate them from the crowd; not only do they explain the technical details of the Wright brothers achievement in the most accessible prose you're likely to find, they also provide a plethora of photos and diagrams that give the reader a brand new appreciation for the brothers' feat and for their other, less well known, accomplishments.The illustrations, over 200 in all, include actual photos of Orville, Wilbur, and the various iterations of their famous Flyer; vintage photos of Kitty Hawk and other locations of importance to the story, and many modern color photos that serve as helpful reminders that these were real places, real men and a real machine. Meanwhile, the authors rescue the Wright brothers from the mythology that has grown up around them--that they were little more than gifted tinkerers--and shows just how knowledgeable and innovative they truly were. The book also includes a few pictures and some information about a project that Mr. Culick, a professor of aeronautics at Cal Tech, is involved in, which will seek to duplicate the Wright brothers' feat. Well, almost duplicate it, that is. It seems that the original Flyer is so unstable that it is widely considered too dangerous to try and fly an exact replica. Any reader looking for just one book about the Wright brothers will find this one to be adequate where the text is concerned and quite probably unsurpassed when it comes to illustrations. But, if you've the time and the inclination, I'd recommend that you read Bishop's Boys for its more comprehensive treatment of the Wrights and then refer back to On Great White Wings when you're trying to visualize their remarkable flights. GRADE : A-
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