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Flight A Celebration of 100 Years In Art And Literature Hardcover – May 1, 2003

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This collaboration with NASA (where two of the editors work; the other two are associated with the Smithsonian) celebrates the centenary of flight, marked by Wilbur and Orville Wright's invention of the airplane in 1903 (an excerpt from Orville's diary is included). Filled with full-color and black-and-white photos, this beautiful coffee-table book captures flight as the plane has matured into an instrument to wage war and a vehicle to reach the stars. But what really stand out are the works of art that the concept of flying has inspired-poems such as "On the Beaches of the Moon," by Archibald MacLeish or "Kitty Hawk," by Robert Frost; and such paintings as Airplane Flying, by Kazimir Malevich, Notre Avenir est dans l'Air, by Pablo Picasso, or Moonwalk 1, by Andy Warhol. This is an homage in the artistic sense, so historians flipping the pages won't find snapshots of fighter planes in combat, stills of Kitty Hawk's brief flight, or explosive rocket ship liftoffs.
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About the Author

Anne Collins Goodyear is Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. While a Guggenheim Fellow at the National Air and Space Museum, she conducted extensive research into the history of the NASA Art Program. She received her Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin. Her dissertation addresses "Space, Sputnik, and Technocracy: American Art of the Second Machine Age, 1957-1971."; Roger Launius is a member of the Division of Space History at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Previously, he served as chief historian of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He has written or edited a number of books on aerospace history, including Imagining Space: Achievements, Predictions, Possibilities, 1950-2050 (Chronicle Books, 2001) and NASA and the Exploration of Space (Stewart, Tabori, & Chang, 1998); Anthony Springer is NASA's representative for Centennial of Flight activities and the Alliance Development Manager for the Office of Aerospace Technology. He also has held positions as the NASA resident manager for the X-34 project and as a project and test engineer with the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama; Bertram Ulrich is Curator of the NASA Art Program and is also responsible for NASA's visual identity for the Office of Public Affairs. A painter himself, he also lectured on American culture during a Fulbright Fellowship in Austria. He co-authored a book with Roger Launius on the NASA Art Program entitled NASA and the Exploration of Space (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 1998).


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Welcome Books; 1St Edition edition (May 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0941807835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0941807838
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,170,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 19, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Collaboratively compiled and edited by the team of Anne Collins Goodyear, Roger Launius, Anthony Springer, and Bertram Ulrich, Flight: A Celebration Of 100 Years In Art And Literature provides the interested reader with a truly exceptional, panoramic survey of the history of aviation collecting selections of art, science fiction, and literature from across the last century. Gorgeous, full-color artworks showcased with excerpts from cherished classics make Flight a most engaging and enjoyable read for aviation lovers everywhere, and an ideal "Memorial Fund" acquisition selection for academic and community library systems.
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Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent reference work on the evolution of flight
from the Wright Brothers onward. The authors explore the
experience with the Aerodrome and other famous flight attempts.
There are short poems written by John Magee, Amelia Earhart
on Courage and others. There is a complete diary of the first
flight including wide-angle turns, ups/downs and rudder
problems. This work is perfect for a class project in science
or history. It would make a great gift for a child up through
the teen years.
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