The Early Birds Arch Whitehouse

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The Early Birds  by  Arch Whitehouse

The Early Birds by Arch Whitehouse
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The first man to fly to the moon was Cyrano de Bergerac, whom no one believed, and the first man to fly the Atlantic was Edgar Allan Poe, whom everybody believed. In 1844 Poe perpetrated a newspaper hoax quite the equal of Orson Welles MartianMoreThe first man to fly to the moon was Cyrano de Bergerac, whom no one believed, and the first man to fly the Atlantic was Edgar Allan Poe, whom everybody believed. In 1844 Poe perpetrated a newspaper hoax quite the equal of Orson Welles Martian scare-- the poet was hard-up and had a sick wife. Long before the Wright Brothers made their debut at Kitty Hawk, the world was accustomed to staggering flights by balloonatics and glider pilots, as arch aviation expert Whitehouse shows.

In this survey of the wonders and heroics of the first decades of flight, Whitehouse displays the perilous and preposterous activities of aviators that led to powered flight and the rise of factory-produced aircraft. Many of even the truly great aircraft innovators are accorded succinct but not simply perfunctory notice here. In this great adventure, the tragedies are as moving as the successes. The book closes with descriptions of military aviation, aerial reconnaisance photography, gunnery and bombing, at which point the novelty wears off and the diabolic begins.



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