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Quest For Flight

Author : Gary B. Fogel
ISBN : 9780806187815
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The Wright brothers have long received the lion’s share of credit for inventing the airplane. But a California scientist succeeded in flying gliders twenty years before the Wright’s powered flights at Kitty Hawk in 1903. Quest for Flight reveals the amazing accomplishments of John J. Montgomery, a prolific inventor who piloted the glider he designed in 1883 in the first controlled flights of a heavier-than-air craft in the Western Hemisphere. Re-examining the history of American aviation, Craig S. Harwood and Gary B. Fogel present the story of human efforts to take to the skies. They show that history’s nearly exclusive focus on two brothers resulted from a lengthy public campaign the Wrights waged to profit from their aeroplane patent and create a monopoly in aviation. Countering the aspersions cast on Montgomery and his work, Harwood and Fogel build a solidly documented case for Montgomery’s pioneering role in aeronautical innovation. As a scientist researching the laws of flight, Montgomery invented basic methods of aircraft control and stability, refined his theories in aerodynamics over decades of research, and brought widespread attention to aviation by staging public demonstrations of his gliders. After his first flights near San Diego in the 1880s, his pursuit continued through a series of glider designs. These experiments culminated in 1905 with controlled flights in Northern California using tandem-wing Montgomery gliders launched from balloons. These flights reached the highest altitudes yet attained, demonstrated the effectiveness of Montgomery’s designs, and helped change society’s attitude toward what was considered “the impossible art” of aerial navigation. Inventors and aviators working west of the Mississippi at the turn of the twentieth century have not received the recognition they deserve. Harwood and Fogel place Montgomery’s story and his exploits in the broader context of western aviation and science, shedding new light on the reasons that California was the epicenter of the American aviation industry from the very beginning.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Quest For Gold

Author : S. F. Lam
ISBN : 9789622097667
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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This book is the first comprehensive record of sports in Hong Kong. It traces the practice of sport in Hong Kong dating back a century-and-a-half, when it was a pastime for foreign residents, and limited to a few clubs with access to grounds andpools.
Category: Sports & Recreation

The Quest Of The Golden Condor

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105036262124
Genre : Adventure and adventurers
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The strange adventures of the two Gregory boys and their father in their quest for the valuable Golden Condor, famous Inca treasure.
Category: Adventure and adventurers

Golden Quest

Author : John Warner
ISBN : 9781426935244
Genre : Fiction
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In a story with more hooks than a strip on Velcro, British journalist Raymond Barton arrives in Germany in 1990 to cover a boring magazine assignment on German reunification. Unsuspecting, he is caught in a murderous intrigue to recover a cache of Nazi gold and is pursued by international secret agencies, the police, and a deep-cover Nazi organization. Isolated and hunted, Raymond recruits his old German love Astrid, to help. They are quickly forced to rescue Raymond's jealous English fiance, Mandy, who has been mysteriously kidnapped and this unlikely trio then sets off to recover the gold and hopefully, take their pursuers off their trail. They seek out the sole survivor of the World War Two gold burial party. He has been trying to reach the gold for decades, but an Iron Curtain minefield was coincidentally sown over the site. With the minefield slated for removal, it becomes a race against time. However, the discovery of secrets contained within the cache plunge them into further intrigue. They are hijacked to South America while recovering the gold, into the lair of an old Nazi SS General who has formulated an elaborate plan as his dying revenge on the United States and Israel. The trio manages to escape and flies to New York, the site of the plan. In terminal phase, with New York under curfew and thousands of people dying, the three are forced to try and cripple the plan while overcoming all the odds against them.
Category: Fiction

Naval Aviation News

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ISBN : UCAL:B4263417
Genre : Aeronautics, Military
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Category: Aeronautics, Military

Alexander P De Seversky And The Quest For Air Power

Author : James K. Libbey
ISBN : 9781612341804
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Today, air power is a vital component of the U.S. armed forces. James Libbey, in Alexander P. de Seversky and the Quest for Air Power, highlights the contributions of an aviation pioneer who made much of it possible. Graduating from the Imperial Russian Naval Academy at the start of World War I, de Seversky lost a leg in his first combat mission. He still shot down thirteen German planes and became the empire's most decorated combat naval pilot. While serving as a naval attache in the United States in 1918, de Seversky elected to escape the Bolshevik Revolution and offered his services as a pilot and consulting engineer to the U.S. War Department. He proved inventive both in the technology of advanced military aircraft and in the strategy of exercising air power. He worked for famed aviation advocate Gen. William "Billy" Mitchell, who encouraged the naturalized citizen to patent his inventions, such as an in-flight refueling system and a gyroscopically synchronized bombsight. His creative spirit then spurred him to design and manufacture advanced military aircraft. When World War II broke out in Europe, de Seversky became America's best-known philosopher, prophet, and advocate for air power, even serving as an adviser to the chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force. The highlight of his life occurred in 1970 when the Aviation Hall of Fame enshrined de Seversky for "his achievements as a pilot, aeronautical engineer, inventor, industrialist, author, strategist, consultant, and scientific advances in aircraft design and aerospace technology." This book will appeal to readers with a special interest in military history and to anyone who wants to learn more about American air power's most important figures.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Aviation S Golden Age

Author : William Matthew Leary
ISBN : UOM:39015015507158
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Offers profiles of Americans who influenced the development of aviation and its legal and administrative foundations
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Boy Aviators Treasure Quest

Author : John H. Goldfrap
ISBN : 9783861954101
Genre : Fiction
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Reprint of the adventure novel for boys. Originally released in 1913.
Category: Fiction

Well Of Gold

Author : Tom Richmond
ISBN : 9781465306180
Genre : Fiction
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Four University of Florida graduate students agree to spend summer in the darkest most inhospitable jungle on earth. They enter the Darin Gap in Panama in search of gold. They use a map discovered by Terry Marston, a graduate student. The map points the way, along with a letter verifying the existence of a well of gold left hidden by buccaneers in 1702. These English buccaneers raiding out of Jamaica along with 70 black slaves, and 800 Indians forced Spaniards to surrender the Espiritu Santo gold mines in Cana. There they plundered the Kings stores of bullion awaiting shipment to Spain. Counterattacking the Spaniards captured the pirates and most of their army, but not before they hid the gold in a well. Terry and his friends endure many hardships hacking their way to the hidden treasure. They encounter bandits, boars, crocs, jaguars, even narcotics traffickers in their quest. Eventually they discover man is their greatest adversary while seeking the gold hidden for more than 300 years. If they prevail they will possess wealth beyond their wildest imaginings yet they must pit their skills against the chaos of nature and the greed of man. Ultimately, they discover the jungle takes no prisoners. Only one survivor will remember 911. That is Ecclesiastes 9:11. I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill, but time and chance happeneth to them all.
Category: Fiction

The Bird Is On The Wing

Author : James R. Hansen
ISBN : UCSD:31822033394297
Genre : Transportation
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The airplane ranks as one of history’s most ingenious and phenomenal inventions—and surely one of the most world-shaking. How ideas about its aerodynamics first came together and how the science and technology evolved to forge the airplane into the revolutionary machine it became is the epic story James R. Hansen tells in The Bird Is on the Wing. Just as the airplane is a defining technology of the twentieth century, aerodynamics has been the defining element of the airplane. Hansen provides an engaging, easily understandable introduction to the role of aerodynamics in the design of such historic American aircraft as the DC-3, X-1, and 747. Recognizing the impact individuals have had on the development of the field, he conveys not only a history of aircraft technology, but also a collective biography of the scientists, engineers, and designers who created the airplanes. From da Vinci, whose understanding of what it took to fly was three centuries too early for practical use, to the invention of the airplane by the Wright brothers, Hansen explores the technological matrix from which aeronautical engineering emerged. He skillfully guides the reader through the development of such critical aerodynamic concepts as streamlining, flutter, laminar-flow airfoils, the mythical “sound barrier,” variable-sweep wing, supersonic cruise, blended body, and much more. Hansen’s explanation of how vocabulary and specifications were developed to fill the gap between the perceptions of pilots and the system of engineers will fascinate all those interested in how human beings have used aerodynamics to move among, and even beyond, birds on the wing.
Category: Transportation

The Aopa Pilot

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105113217967
Genre : Aeronautics
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Category: Aeronautics

Aircraft

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105015320489
Genre : Aeronautics
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Category: Aeronautics

Nasa S Contributions To Aeronautics Flight Environment Operations Flight Testing And Research

Author : Richard Hallion
ISBN : UCSD:31822036341212
Genre : Aeronautics
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Two-volume collection of case studies on aspects of NACA-NASA research by noted engineers, airmen, historians, museum curators, journalists, and independent scholars. Explores various aspects of how NACA-NASA research took aeronautics from the subsonic to the hypersonic era.-publisher description.
Category: Aeronautics