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Conquistadors of the Sky: A History of Aviation in Latin America 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0813032498
ISBN-10: 0813032490
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"A highlight reel of first flights, followed by a delineation of Latin America's place in the aviation world." - Gary Kuhn, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse "Everyone concerned about the story of Latin American aviation will find this the most useful guide available. It tells the economic, political, and geographic realities of their history." - Ray Wagner, author of American Combat Planes of the Twentieth Century, and founder, San Diego Aerospace Museum"

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A primer on Latin Americans' contributions to aviation history
 
"A highlight reel of first flights, followed by a delineation of Latin America's place in the aviation world."--Gary Kuhn, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse
 
"Everyone concerned about the story of Latin American aviation will find this the most useful guide available. It tells the economic, political, and geographic realities of their history."--Ray Wagner, author of American Combat Planes of the Twentieth Century,and founder, San Diego Aerospace Museum
 
More than two years before the Wright brothers made the first controlled, powered, and sustained heavier-than-air flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in 1903, Brazilian Alberto Santos-Dumont and his experimental dirigibles were celebrities above the boulevards of Paris. Today, Santos-Dumont's many contributions to powered flight are widely forgotten outside his native Brazil, where he is remembered as the father of aviation.
 
Santos-Dumont's story is not unique. Aviation developed so quickly in Latin America that by the 1930s air travel was more common there than in the United States. The contributions of Latin American pilots and engineers have been astounding and numerous, ranging from military aircraft to hot-air balloons. Now, for the first time, the rich and diverse history of flight in Latin America is presented in one highly readable, well-illustrated volume.
 
Coinciding with the opening of a new permanent exhibit, America by Air, at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum, Conquistadors of the Sky celebrates the aviation achievements of twenty-one Latin American nations over the last 100 years--making this chronicle of heroic ventures and epic flights the best reference available on the subject.

This volume was published in cooperation with the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida; 1st edition (December 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813032490
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813032498
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.5 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,137,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mr. Hagedorn has done it again! He has produced a rich and detailed compilation for English readers of a subject matter that has been given, at best, short shrift in the past. Combine this with his book 'Latin American Air Wars' and R.E.G. Davies 'Airlines of Latin America', and you'll have a complete historical outline of Latin American aviation. Thank you, Dan!
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Having lived for some years in the fifties in South America, I got the aviation love there. So it was with a mixed feeling that I ordered this book, thinking it would not be possible to convey in one tome the fascination of aviation in South America. However I was wrong, as this is a fantastic book both informative and good reading,dealing with military and civil aviation, and guiding very well the reader through the thousands of aviation items of interest along the years. The only point not in line with the general quality of the book is the standard of photo reproduction and the small quantity of color photos.
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James J. Hoogerwerf
Conquistadors of the Sky: A History of Aviation in Latin America. By Dan Hagedorn. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2008. Pp. xiv+587. $39.95.
Dan Hagedorn's Conquistadors of the Sky is a comprehensive study of aviation in Latin America. Scholars and enthusiasts alike will welcome his "framework or context within which to understand the greater picture" of aeronautics within the region and his intent that the work be "an enrichment of the understanding of the subject as a whole" (pp. vii, xiii). His book is a valuable contribution on both counts. A volume on this subject has long been overdue, and Conquistadors of the Sky is a timely compendium of Latin America's aeronautical accomplishments during the first century of flight.

Much like the physical barriers that challenge transportation on the continent, Hagedorn surmounts nationalist and intellectual mountains. He collates information from distant and disparate sources and brings a keen interest, a depth of personal knowledge, and a familiarity with Spanish-language materials to the subject. A broad range of assistants and contacts provide area-specific details that strengthen his narrative. Finally, the clarity of the text allows Hagedorn to reach both academic and general audiences.

Following a chronological framework, chapters segment the era of flight into manageable units. Where appropriate within chapters, information appears under country-specific or annualized headings. Photographs complement the text throughout, including eight pages of color. A nineteen-page index follows twenty-eight pages of notes, although regretfully, given the detail and scope of the study, there is no bibliography.
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