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The First Flight: The Story of the Wright Brothers (First Book) Library Binding – February 1, 1990

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Product Details

  • Series: First Book
  • Library Binding: 63 pages
  • Publisher: Franklin Watts (February 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0531108910
  • ISBN-13: 978-0531108918
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 7.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,552,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Taylor's lively narrative chronicles the events between 1899 and 1903, from the Wright brothers' initial exploration of the idea of manned flight to their dramatic success on December 17, 1903. Taylor explains how the brothers built the first airplane with tools available in their bicycle shop and refined the mathematics used to determine the most efficient curvature of an airplane wing, becoming experts in aerodynamics. A section of "Facts, Figures, and Important Dates" includes biographical details, a brief description of Wright brothers memorials, and statistics of the first four flights. Black-and-white and color photographs add to the historical detail. Libraries needing a modern treatment of this event should consider this book. --Margaret M. Hagel, Norfolk Public Library System, VA
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Richard "Dick" Taylor began his aviation career in 1955 as a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Air Force, and flew B-29s and KC-97 tankers.

Dick left active duty in 1959 and returned to civilian life in Ohio, although he continued to fly with the Air National Guard, Army National Guard and Air Force Reserve in several different aircraft. Dick retired from the Air Force in 1979 as a Major and Command Pilot.

In 1966 he joined the faculty of the Department of Aviation at The Ohio State University. He was the department's Director of Operations and Training from 1981 until his retirement as Associate Professor in 1988.

Dick's total flight time over 47 years was almost 12,000 hours, acquired in a wide variety of military and civilian aircraft. His civilian pilot credentials include ATP, Commercial and CFI; he was also a designated pilot examiner.

He began an aviation writing career in 1971 that includes 20 books. He is the founder, editor and a regular contributor to The Pilot's Audio Update; the Update has been in continuous publication since 1978.

In 1975 Dick began another career as a consultant and expert witness in litigation involving pilots and is still active in that capacity; he has consulted or testified in 550 mishap investigations.

Dick and his wife live in Dublin, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus.

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