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Author Spenser, Jay P.

Title The airplane : how ideas gave us wings / Jay Spenser.

Imprint New York : HarperCollins, c2008.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 2nd Floor Stacks  629.13334 Sp35a 2008    ---  Available
Description x, 340 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Note Smithsonian books.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [311]-317) and index.
Contents Conception: the thinker and the dreamer -- Birth: Wilbur, Orville, and the world -- Configuration: shapes and ideas -- Fuselage: of drums and dragonflies -- Wings, part I : from box kites to bridges -- Wings, part II : cloud-cutting cantilevers -- Empennage: whale flukes and arrow feathers -- Flight controls: the chariot's reins -- Flight deck: cockpits for aerial ships -- Aero propulsion: Prometheus is pushing -- Landing gear: shoes, canoes, and carriage wheels -- Passenger cabin: voyaging aloft -- Systems integration: making flying safer -- Today's state of the art: the Boeing 787 Dreamliner -- Postscript: tomorrow's wings: future air travel technologies.
Summary The inside story of how people invented and refined the airplane.
Subject Airplanes -- Design and construction -- History.
Aeronautics -- Research -- History.
ISBN 9780061259197
Standard No. NZ1 12763211
NLGGC 319251144

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