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Glenn Curtiss, Pioneer of Flight Paperback – August 1, 1991
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I also learned a great deal about his contemporaries that I had not known before. Anyone who has read much about the Wrights has heard of Augustus Herring (scoundrel) and Charles Manly (Langley's pilot). Did you know that these two figure prominently in Curtiss's life as well? And how Henry Ford offered to help him in his endless legal battle with the Wrights? It seems Ford had his own legal battle over the idea of the automobile (Selden patent), very much like the battle Curtiss had with Wright.
You'll also learn a lot you didn't know about Alexander Graham Bell. He thought that multi-cell kites would be the future of aviation, but here you'll learn he not only nurtured several successful young aviators (including Curtiss, Thomas Selfridge, etc.) but also made some critical suggestions along the way. It was Bell who suggested that the control surfaces we now associate with the tail of a plane be put at the BACK, not in front!
The hardback version is a great many pictures, including one child's snapshot of a plane crash at the moment it hit some spectators... chilling.
A great book and required reading if you're into early aviation.
One small historical inaccuracy is that the book gives the impression that US Navy officer Theodore "Spuds" Ellyson was killed in an airplane crash around 1913 or 1914 while trying to reach Annapolis for his young daughter's surgery. This actually happened in 1928.
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This book is a great disappointment. Glenn Curtiss was indeed a great pioneer of aviation but you would never know it having read this book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Geo.
A well conceived, meticulously researched book. Combine this with Mr. Curtiss's fascinating life and Mr. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dennis Marker
A great man in the era of the Wright Brothers who played a pivotal role in flight. Where the Wright Brothers discovered how to fly, Glenn Curtiss took flight to the next level. Read morePublished on November 15, 2013 by R. Stone