Story of Flight - Peter AlmondArcturus, 2003, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Leans slightly otherwise a very well presented copy. Small ex-libris sticker to the first blank.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs;
From the cover: “It took only 100 years for aviation to transform our travel, hugely speeding up our lives and shrinking the world, while altering warfare out of all recognition. In well over 400 pictures, their extended captions and interspersed thought-provoking essays, Story of Flight illustrates and illuminates this extraordinary tale via the men, women and machines who made it.
After the Wrights in North Carolina, Bleriot’s Channel crossing and the Zeppelins, we see how flying machines become killing machines in World War I. In 1919 the Atlantic is crossed, and again single-handedly by Lindbergh in 1927, who rekindles America’s love affair with the air. By 1935 the DC-3, a low-wing metal monoplane with a retractable undercarriage, and the most ubiquitous plane ever, is in service there. World War II witnesses the triumph of the Spitfire, carrier-borne aircraft and strategic bombing, while the 1950s and 60s are the era of the jet and helicopter, with Concorde, the 747 Jumbo and the Harrier jump-jet all emerging in 1969. The story ends with the European Airbus fighting back against US dominance, hijackings, cruise missiles, smart bombs, stealth bombers, swing-wing and fly-by-wire.”