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This acclaimed book on the Wright Brothers takes the reader straight to the heart of their remarkable achievement, focusing on the technology and offering a clear, concise chronicle of precisely what they accomplished and how they did it This book deals with the process of the invention of the airplane and how the brothers identified and resolved a range of technical puzzles that others had attempted to solve for a century.Step by step, the book details the path of invention including the important wind tunnel experiments of 1901 which culminated in the momentous flight at Kitty Hawk in 1903, the first major milestone in aviation history Enhanced by original photos, designs, drawings, notebooks, letters and diaries of the Wright Brothers, Visions of a Flying Machine is a fascinating book that will be of interest to engineers, historians, enthusiasts, or anyone interested in the process of invention....

Title : Visions of a Flying Machine (Smithsonian History of Aviation and Spaceflight Series)
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ISBN : 1560987480
Format Type : Paperback
Language : English
Publisher : Smithsonian Books April 17, 1997
Number of Pages : 282 pages
File Size : 988 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Visions of a Flying Machine (Smithsonian History of Aviation and Spaceflight Series) Reviews

  • Kindle Customer
    2019-02-14 13:18

    Very different history about Orville and Wilbur. I had read reviews that this was about their engineering efforts and found it to be so. They were indeed dedicated and free-thinking engineers that incorporated their bicycle knowledge and tackled a subject that, up to that time was insurmountable. Controlled flight is what they pioneered. It was interesting to see them as explorers similar to Lewis and Clark, carefully venturing out into the unknown but courageously getting on that experimental craft and going for it and throwing caution to the wind after looking at all possible scenarios. They were astronauts on a mission. Great read for those interested in their thought process. Excellent basis for those that are inventors themselves and the thought process you may need to tackle the unknown.

  • David G. Scouffas
    2019-02-21 11:21

    This book is a wonderful account of the process and methods of discovery, research and development used by the Wrights to invent the airplane. I'm interested in aviation and have read a number of books about the Wrights.

  • melainebob
    2019-01-25 07:18

    Very quick turn around from date of ordering. The price was an excellent bargain and the books subject matter is long overdue - an extremely detailed explanation of exactly how and what the Wright Brothers accomplished.

  • Richard N. Girard
    2019-02-16 06:03

    EXCELLENT!!! If you want to know the engineering that made the Wrights succeed where all others failed then this is the book for you. Mr. Jakab has done a service to the world with this book. I've read just about every biography written about the Wrights and this book is truly one of a kind. Wonderful, absolutely WONDERFUL.

  • Donald J Sauder
    2019-02-15 11:10

    This book is fantastic. If you air an engineer or just enjoy airplane, this book shows how the wright bros were able to do what no previous human could. This book is truly a biography on the first airplane. It traces these aero engineers through the challenges and thought progression. This author is able to track this historic event with impressive accuracy and in a manor that keeps me turning the page. A must have!

  • tarmac
    2019-02-15 07:15

    Exceeded my expectations in describing the engineering marvel of the age. Complete in every detail. Highly recommend to anyone seeking answers to how the Wrights learned how airplanes fly. These guys were ahead of their time.

  • ellis9488
    2019-02-13 10:19

    Great book.

  • paul
    2019-02-09 07:12

    This is truly a great book. The pictures are evidence for the contentions of the author, and it is well written. I am an artist, and the focus on creativity is valuable to me.