Wings by Tom D. Crouch
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By Tom D. Crouch


A History of Aviation from Kites to the Space Age

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Wings by Tom D. Crouch

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The invention of the airplane ushered in the modern age-a new era of global commerce, revolutionary technologies, and total war. Whatever the practical consequences, the sheer exhilaration of flight captured the imagination. No longer bound to the surface of the earth, humans took the first steps on a journey that would eventually carry them to other worlds. Tom Crouch weaves the people, machines, and ideas of the air age into a compelling narrative. He tells how the enthusiasm of amateurs spawned an industry that determined the rise and fall of nations. Yet this is not a tale of unalloyed progress. Moments of exaltation were tempered by bitter disappointment and stark terror. Blind alleys were the price of technical progress. In the end, there is no more fascinating cast of characters than those who wrote history in the sky. Theirs is a fascinating story of realizing an extraordinary dream and riding it.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780393326208
ISBN-10: 0393326209
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 155mm x 33mm)
Pages: 738
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publish Date: 5-Nov-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Lighter Than Air by Tom D. Crouch Lighter Than Air, Hardback (February 2009)

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NASA/ART by Tom D. Crouch NASA/ART, Hardback (October 2008)

NASA is special among agencies of the United States government in that its mission - to explore space - is to be constantly probing into the unknown. This book offers a selection and stands as a record of the impact of space exploration on the artistic imagination.

Dream of Wings by Tom D. Crouch Dream of Wings, Paperback (April 2002)

The story of a handful of talented American engineers and adventurers who labored to conquer gravity in a flying machine.

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Author Biography - Tom D. Crouch

Tom D. Crouch, author of The Bishop's Boys and A Dream of Wings, is senior curator of the aeronautics division at the National Air & Space Museum. He lives in Fairfax, Virginia.

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