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Heroic flights / by John Frayn Turner.

By: Turner, John Frayn.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Barnsley, South Yorkshire : Leo Cooper, 2003Description: vii, 279 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0850529700(hbk).Subject(s): Aeronautics -- History | Flight -- HistoryDDC classification: Online resources: Table of contents
Contents:
The Wright brothers: birth of powered flight -- Bleriot: first to fly the English Channel -- Warneford: destroying the first Zeppelin -- Albert Ball: the earliest air ace -- Leefe Robinson: defeat of the Zeppelins -- Avery Bishop: shot down seventy-two planes -- Alan Arnett McLeod: wing-walking to live -- William Barker: survived odds of 50 to 1 -- Hawker and Grieve: attempt on the Atlantic -- Commander Read: across the Atlantic in stages -- Alcock and Brown: the Atlantic no-stop -- Alan Cobham: epic flight to Cape Town -- Alan Cobham: to Australia by seaplane -- Byrd and bennett: to the North and South Poles -- Charles Lindbergh: first Atlantic solo -- Charles Kingsford Smith: conquering the Pacific -- Amy Johnson: solo to Australia -- Jim Mollison: greatest solo ever flown -- Amelia Earhart: first woman across the Atlantic -- Colonel Blacker: looking down on Everest -- Wiley Post: around the world in eighty days -- Scott and Black: the Melbourne air race -- Jean Batten: four famous flights -- Beryl Markham: crash landing in Nova Scotia -- Scott and Guthrie: the Johannesburg Air Race -- Sydney Camm: birth of the hurricane -- R.J. Mitchell: birth of the spitfire -- Douglas Bader: the legless air ace -- Butch O'Hare: saving an aircraft carrier -- Guy Gibson: the dam busters' raid -- Denton Scott: gunner over Lorient -- Leonard Cheshire: pathfinder supreme -- George Bush: the flying casket -- The atomic bombs -- The jet age -- The firebirds and the red arrows -- Test-flying the VC10 -- The Concorde is born -- Flight 93: 11 September 2001.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

A century after the Wright Brothers first took to the air, the author records those moments of aviation history that stand out from all the others for their pioneering bravery or gallantry in the face of the enemy. A fascinating potpourri embracing the whole story of aviation from those first faltering flights, through the conquest of the world by flight, the drama of war in the air, right up to the present day and the four ill-fated flights of September 11th 2001. Each story is a superb description of the great moments in the history of aviation

A superb read for both the layman and aviation specialist alike

Includes index.

The Wright brothers: birth of powered flight -- Bleriot: first to fly the English Channel -- Warneford: destroying the first Zeppelin -- Albert Ball: the earliest air ace -- Leefe Robinson: defeat of the Zeppelins -- Avery Bishop: shot down seventy-two planes -- Alan Arnett McLeod: wing-walking to live -- William Barker: survived odds of 50 to 1 -- Hawker and Grieve: attempt on the Atlantic -- Commander Read: across the Atlantic in stages -- Alcock and Brown: the Atlantic no-stop -- Alan Cobham: epic flight to Cape Town -- Alan Cobham: to Australia by seaplane -- Byrd and bennett: to the North and South Poles -- Charles Lindbergh: first Atlantic solo -- Charles Kingsford Smith: conquering the Pacific -- Amy Johnson: solo to Australia -- Jim Mollison: greatest solo ever flown -- Amelia Earhart: first woman across the Atlantic -- Colonel Blacker: looking down on Everest -- Wiley Post: around the world in eighty days -- Scott and Black: the Melbourne air race -- Jean Batten: four famous flights -- Beryl Markham: crash landing in Nova Scotia -- Scott and Guthrie: the Johannesburg Air Race -- Sydney Camm: birth of the hurricane -- R.J. Mitchell: birth of the spitfire -- Douglas Bader: the legless air ace -- Butch O'Hare: saving an aircraft carrier -- Guy Gibson: the dam busters' raid -- Denton Scott: gunner over Lorient -- Leonard Cheshire: pathfinder supreme -- George Bush: the flying casket -- The atomic bombs -- The jet age -- The firebirds and the red arrows -- Test-flying the VC10 -- The Concorde is born -- Flight 93: 11 September 2001.

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