Aviation Century Wings of Change

Aviation Century Wings of Change

Book - 2005
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Firefly Books Ltd

The gripping story of a rapid-fire period of change in aviation.

The fourth volume in the Aviation Century series is the dramatic story of the worldshrinking developments in commercial aviation through the end of the twentieth century, in which airliners grew from frail biplanes to huge Jumbo jets. In the process, advanced air travel brought with it worldwide political, economic and social change. In 2004 commercial airlines carried an estimated 1.6 billion passengers.

Each new generation of transport aircraft has brought greater reliability, economy and safety, and increased global commerce through technological advances. Each day millions of shipments now travel by air between continents via sophisticated air cargo and air express systems.

Other chapters in Winds of Change examine:

  • the wider world of aeronautics
  • private aircraft (personal planes as well as ultralights, sailplanes, hang gliders and parasails)
  • lighter-than-air flight (Zeppelins, blimps, hot-air balloons)
  • rotary wings (helicopters and related craft)
  • the challenges of research and development (from sketch pad to computers; designers, builders and test pilots).


The fourth in a five volume illustrated history of aviation explores commercial aviation, from it's inception in frail biplanes through to huge jumbo jets. Examines the wider world of aeronautics including personal aviation, helicopters and research.

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Illustrated throughout with original color photographs as well as archival images, this volume chronicles technological advances made in commercial aviation since the end of WWII. It also covers innovations in private flying, hot air balloons, and helicopters before tracing the history of aeronautical research and development. The final section is devoted to test pilot biographies. Aviation historian and pilot Ron Dick served with the Royal Air Force for 38 years. Distributed in the US by Firefly Books. Oversize: 9.25x11.25". Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Erin, Ont. : Boston Mills Press ; Buffalo, N.Y. : Distributed in the United States by Firefly Books, 2005
ISBN: 9781550464283
1550464280
9781550464252
1550464256
Branch Call Number: 629.13009 DIC
Characteristics: 288 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Patterson, Dan 1953-
Alternative Title: Wings of change

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