- Hardcover: 3 pages
- Publisher: Salem Press (February 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1587650460
- ISBN-13: 978-1587650468
- Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 3.2 x 11.4 inches
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Encyclopedia of Flight (3 volume set)
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This set presents an impressively broad range of information on more than 300 scientific and historical topics related to the field of aviation. Attention is given to all categories and types of civil and military aircraft, principles of aerodynamics, and mechanical and technical aspects of flying. Besides conventional topics one would associate with a resource devoted to flight and aviation, some unexpected entries, guaranteed to pique the reader, include Animal flight, Baggage handling and regulations, Bermuda Triangle, Paper airplanes, "Vomit Comet," Whirly-Girls, and Wing-walking. Relevant biographies of pioneers in aviation and profiles of major airlines are incorporated. Information is current through September 2001.
Alphabetically arranged entries--varying in length from several paragraphs to several pages--begin with a brief definition of the topic and its significance to aviation, with dates supplied when applicable. All entries are signed and accompanied by annotated bibliographies and cross-references. Each volume has a list of topics found in that particular volume and two set indexes, one alphabetical and one that groups entries by category. Volume 3 contains a plethora of supplemental information, including a bibliography; a list of Web sites; directories of North American flight schools, training centers, and museums; and lists of international airports, air carriers, and airplane types. Two time lines record events in aviation history and air disasters from 1785 to 2001.
This comprehensive reference source would be a valuable addition to public and academic libraries. High schools might consider it, depending on their curricular needs and budgetary restraints. RBB
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About the Author
James Marchman III is Professor of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering,Virgina Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA
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