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How To Land A Plane

How To Land A Plane


Category: Aircraft
Description: Written by Mark Vanhoenacker, a senior first officer for British Airways, How to Land a Plane is a book that tells you how to get in the cockpit and take the controls of any aeroplane. Mark invites you to be captain as he talks through the nitty-gritty of an approach and a touchdown. He also explains our understanding of flight from the ground up (or rather, from the sky down) as he reveals all the ins and outs of this incredibly challenging and rewarding achievement of humanity. Short, humorous and spiritual, this book makes flying more fun and accessible before. You'll learn the difference between 'controls' and 'instruments' and be able to notice the breathtaking beauty of amazing cloudscapes and stunning sunsets from up above.
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Author: Mark Vanhoenacker
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Teach Yourself To Fly

Teach Yourself To Fly


Category: Aircraft
Description: First published in 1938, Teach Yourself To Fly was not only one of the very first Teach Yourself books to be published but the first to actually change the world. It was used on the eve of the second world war to prepare pilot recruits and conscripts before they were called for service, and as such it was read religiously by thousands of young men, some as young as 17, and directly impacted on the British war effort. This beautiful new printing of the book captures all of the feelings of that extraordinary time - it's nostalgic, understated, inspiring and very British indeed, warning young pilots, amongst other things, not to feel 'too discouraged' in the event of a crash landing. Technology has changed hugely, but the principles of aviation as they were in the middle of the twentieth century are perfectly summarised in this lovely book. Get hold of the right vehicle, and it really can teach you to fly. What happens when you're up there, however, is your responsibility. Since 1938, millions of people have learned to do the things they love with Teach Yourself. Welcome to the how-to guides that changed the modern world.
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Author: Nigel Tangye
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A Week At The Airport

A Week At The Airport


Category: Aircraft
Description: In the summer of 2009, Alain de Botton will be invited by the owners of Heathrow airport to become their first ever Writer in Residence. He will be installed in the middle of Terminal 5 on a raised platform with a laptop connected to screens, enabling passengers to see what he is writing and to come and share their stories. He will meet travellers from around the world, and will be given unprecedented access to wander the airport and speak with everyone from window cleaners and baggage handlers to air traffic controllers and cabin crew. Working with the renowned documentary photographer Richard Baker, de Botton will produce an extraordinary meditation upon the nature of place, time, and our daily lives. He will explore the magical and the mundane, personal and collective experiences and the interactions of travellers and workers all over this familiar but mysterious site. Like all airports, Heathrow (the 15th century village of Heath Row lies beneath the short stay car park) is a 'non-place' that we by definition want to leave, but it also provides a window into many worlds - through the thousands of people it dispatches every day. A Week at the Airport is sure to delight de Botton's large following, and anyone interested in the stories behind the way we live.
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Author: Alain de Botton
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Magnify Scale Plans No. 54: Ju 87 B Stuka 1/24
Scale Plans No. 54: Ju 87 B Stuka 1/24

Scale Plans No. 54: Ju 87 B Stuka 1/24


Category: Aircraft
Description: 4 fold-out large-format (650 x 297 mm) scale plans for 1/24 scale modellers for the Junkers Ju 87 B, the German WWII dive bomber and ground-attack aircraft.
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Author: Dariusz Karnas
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Product ID: 9788365958112
 
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Pocket Flyers Paper Airplane Book

Pocket Flyers Paper Airplane Book


Category: Aircraft
Description: This collection of 12 Lilliputian size models for a total of 69 colourful planes includes the Saber, Skyhawk, Talon, Gargoyle, and Dragonfly. The book includes easy to follow folding instructions for each model, as well as tips on how to fly smaller aircraft. The portable package and its planes are perfect for small spaces: the hallway, office, den, or classroom (don't get caught!). The obsessed among us will seek to established a mini plane world record, while the rest will be content to just fly them from one side of the room to the other.
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Author: Ken Blackburn
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Flight School

Flight School


Category: Aircraft
Description: Strap yourself in and prepare for take off! This is a first: a flying course for children who relish the detail of dials, widgets and flight panels, and who dream of one day becoming airborne. Using plenty of photographs, diagrams and illustrations, this book offers children their very own flying lessons. Covering the essential science and technology of flight, it is filled with stacks of stats and facts, and will be essential reading for all turbocharged kids in thrall to the wonder of flight.
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Author: Nick Barnard
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Product ID: 9780500650011
 
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Space Flyers Paper Airplane Book

Space Flyers Paper Airplane Book


Category: Aircraft
Description: Companion to the bestselling Pocket Flyers Paper Airplane Book, Space Flyers Paper Airplane Book features 12 models and 63 planes (each model has multiple templates to tear out, fold up, and fly). The fun, colorful templates are designed to resemble various kinds of spacecraft. Each paper plane comes with step-by-step folding instructions and tips for flight adjustments.
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Author: Jeff Lammers
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Product ID: 9780761193791
 
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Quicklook At Flying

Quicklook At Flying


Category: Aircraft
Description: In not much more than a century, flying has been transformed from small beginnings into a vast industry that has opened up endless possibilities and affected every human being. How did the Wright brothers first achieve flight? What keeps an aircraft in the air? How safe is flying now? How has the flight industry developed? What does the future hold? Quicklook at Flying takes us back to the pioneers of aviation and explains how the past has helped to shape flying as we know it today. It covers commercial and military aviation and the aircraft manufacturing business, giving an insight into the challenges faced by airlines. It explains how air travel is made safe and what happens when things go wrong. You are taken into the workings of the industry: how pilots train, the world of navigation and air traffic control and the role of engineers and designers. You are talked through your first flight in a light aircraft.
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Author: Paul Smiddy
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Product ID: 9781908926067
 
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Fly By Wire

Fly By Wire


Category: Aircraft
Description: On January 15, 2009, a US Airways Airbus A320 had just taken off from La Guardia Airport in New York, when a flock of Canada geese collided with it, destroying both of its engines. Over the next three minutes, the plane's pilot Chelsey ' Sully' Sullenberger, managed to glide to a safe landing in the Hudson River. It was an instant media sensation, the ' The Miracle on the Hudson', and Captain Sully was the hero. But, how much of the success of this dramatic landing can actually be credited to the genius of the pilot? To what extent is the ' Miracle on the Hudson' the result of extraordinary o but not widely known, and in some cases quite controversial o advances in aviation and computer technology over the last twenty years? From the testing laboratories where engineers struggle to build a jet engine that can systematically resist bird attacks, through the creation of the A320 in France, to the political and social forces that have sought to minimize the impact of the revolutionary fly-by-wire technology, William Langewiesche assembles the untold stories necessary to truly understand ' The Miracle on the Hudson', and makes us question our assumptions about human beings in modern aviation.
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Author: William Langewiesche
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Magnify The Mammoth Book Of Air Disasters And Near Misses
The Mammoth Book Of Air Disasters And Near Misses

The Mammoth Book Of Air Disasters And Near Misses


Category: Aircraft
Description: An incredible 30,000 flights - at least - arrive safely at their destinations every day. But a handful don't, while some come terrifyingly close to crashing. When even the smallest thing does go wrong at 35,000 feet, the result is nearly always a fast-unfolding tragedy. This extensive collection of compelling real-life accounts of air disasters and near-disasters provides a sobering, alternative history of the just over 105 years that passengers have been travelling by air, from the very earliest fatality to recent calamities. But there are incredible stories of heroism against the odds, too, such as that of Captain Chesley Sullenberger who successfully landed his aircraft with both engines gone on the Hudson River in New York, saving the lives of everyone aboard, and of the American Airlines crew who prevented terrorist Richard Reid from exploding a bomb hidden in his shoe three months after 9/11. The book also details the often ingenious, always painstaking work done by air-accident investigators, while a glossary helps to clarify the occasional, inevitable bits of jargon.
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Author: Paul Simpson
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Product ID: 9781780338286
 
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The F/a18 Hornet Story

The F/a18 Hornet Story


Category: Aircraft
Description: The F/ A-18 evolved from Northrop's YF-17 in the late 1970s. Production aircraft reached the Navy in May 1980 and the Marine Corps two years later. More than 800 examples would eventually be built for US service, with a further 500 aircraft sold to seven export customers. Earning its battle spurs in April 1986 flying strike missions against Libya, the Hornet would subsequently participate in Operation Desert Storm and the various 'policing' operations in Iraq and the Balkans that followed. The 'legacy' Hornet is still very much in frontline use with the US Navy and Marine Corps today. Tony Holmes, author of the F-14 Tomcat Story, has once again collected the most spectacular images to complement the history of this star of carrier-based naval aviation.
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Author: Tony Holmes
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The Victor Story

The Victor Story


Category: Aircraft
Description: After the success of the Reich-pulverising Halifax bomber, Handley Page soon looked at new designs and the Victor was born. One of three V bombers, the Victor proved to be remarkable in its role and saw service with Bomber Command with the Yellow Sun hydrogen bomb. Flying faster and higher than the Vulcan, the Victor also saw action as a low-level bomber and carried the Blue Steel nuclear missile. However, by the early 1960s, the future of the Victor was in doubt. This accessible volume explores the successes of the Victor from its inception, through its heyday to being scrapped and converted to fuel tankers. An unsung hero of the Falklands conflict, and more besides, discover facts and see fully coloured pictures of this bomber contained within these pages.
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Author: Tim McLelland
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Product ID: 9780752463148
 
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I Had To Survive

I Had To Survive


Category: Aircraft
Description: On 12 October 1972, a Uruguayan Air Force plane carrying members of the ' Old Christians' rugby team (and many of their friends and family members) crashed into the Andes mountains. I Had to Survive offers a gripping and heartrending recollection of the harrowing brink-of-death experience that propelled survivor Roberto Canessa to become one of the world's leading paediatric cardiologists. Canessa, a second-year medical student at the time, tended to his wounded teammates amidst the devastating carnage of the wreck and played a key role in safeguarding his fellow survivors, eventually trekking with a companion across the hostile mountain range for help. This fine line between life and death became the catalyst for the rest of his life. This uplifting tale of hope and determination, solidarity and ingenuity gives vivid insight into a world famous story. Canessa also draws a unique and fascinating parallel between his work as a doctor performing arduous heart surgeries on infants and unborn babies and the difficult life-changing decisions he was forced to make in the Andes. With grace and humanity, Canessa prompts us to ask ourselves: what do you do when all the odds are stacked against you?
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Author: Dr. Roberto Canessa
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The Hurricane Pocket Manual

The Hurricane Pocket Manual


Category: Aircraft
Description: The Hawker Hurricane was a British single-seat fighter aircraft that was designed and predominantly built by Hawker Aircraft Ltd for the RAF. Although overshadowed by the Spitfire, during the Battle of Britain the Hurricane accounted for 60% of the RAF's air victories in the battle, and served in all the major theatres of the Second World War. The 1930s design evolved through several versions and adaptations, resulting in a series of aircraft that acted as interceptor-fighters, fighter-bombers (also called ' Hurribombers'), and ground support aircraft. Further versions known as the Sea Hurricane had modifications that enabled operation from ships. Some were converted as catapult-launched convoy escorts, known as ' Hurricats'. More than 14,583 Hurricanes were built by the end of 1944 (including at least 800 converted to Sea Hurricanes and some 1,400 built in Canada. The book collates a variety of pamphlets and manuals on the plane that were produced throughout the war for the benefit of pilots and others associated with the aircraft.
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Author: Martin Robson
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Magnify Scale Plans No. 24: Messerschmitt Bf 109e
Scale Plans No. 24: Messerschmitt Bf 109e

Scale Plans No. 24: Messerschmitt Bf 109e


Category: Aircraft
Description: Fold-out A3-format scale plans for 1/72, 1/48 and 1/38 scale modellers of all variants of the Bf 109 E. The 109 E first saw service with the ' Condor Legion' during the last phase of the Spanish Civil War and was the main variant from the beginning of World War II until mid-1941 when the 109 F replaced it in the pure fighter role.
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Product ID: 9788363678852
 
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Magnify Scale Plans No. 23: Mikoyan Gurevich Mig-17
Scale Plans No. 23: Mikoyan Gurevich Mig-17

Scale Plans No. 23: Mikoyan Gurevich Mig-17


Category: Aircraft
Description: 12 pages of 1/72, 1/48 and 1/32 scale plans for all variants of the Mi G-17, including the Polish-built versions in the Polish Air Force. The Mi G-17 was a subsonic fighter aircraft produced in the USSR from 1952 and operated by numerous air forces in many variants.
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Author: Dariusz Karnas
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Product ID: 9788363678838
 
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British Military Jets

British Military Jets


Category: Aircraft
Description: The end of the Second World War provided little rest for air forces and the aircraft industry. Both sides now had to put enormous energy into research and development to gain an edge. For the British aircraft industry it meant producing aircraft quickly, and on tight budgets: for Bomber Command to carry Britain's new nuclear deterrent, and for Fighter Command to defend the country. This book examines the RAF's British-made combat jet aircraft of this turbulent and frightening period, up to the cancellation of TSR-2 and the end of the British aircraft industry as it then was. The great names, Hunter, Vulcan, Lightning, Harrier, are considered alongside less well known types, and the story of each key aircraft is told from development to operational use. This book is part of the Britain's Heritage series, which provides definitive introductions to the riches of Britain's past, and is the perfect way to get acquainted with British military jets in all their variety.
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Author: Kev Darling
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The Wright Brothers

The Wright Brothers


Category: Aircraft
Description: On a winter day in 1903, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, two unknown brothers from Ohio changed history. But it would take the world some time to believe what had happened: the age of flight had begun, with the first heavier-than-air, powered machine carrying a pilot. Who were these men and how was it that they achieved what they did? David Mc Cullough, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, tells the surprising, profoundly human story of Wilbur and Orville Wright. Far more than a couple of unschooled Dayton bicycle mechanics who happened to hit on success, they were men of exceptional courage and determination, and of far-ranging intellectual interests and ceaseless curiosity, much of which they attributed to their upbringing. In this thrilling book, Mc Cullough draws on the immense riches of the Wright Papers, including private diaries, notebooks, scrapbooks, and more than a thousand letters from private family correspondence to tell the human side of the Wright Brothers' story, including the little-known contributions of their sister, Katharine, without whom things might well have gone differently for them.
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Author: David McCullough
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The Hurricane Story

The Hurricane Story


Category: Aircraft
Description: The Hawker Hurricane won lasting fame in the service of the RAF during the Battle of Britain. Over 11,700 examples were eventually built of this versatile and deadly combat aircraft, fulfilling an incredible number of contrasting roles. Its design, development and production are described in detail, as are the Hurricane's widely varied operational roles during the Second World War, both at home and overseas. Full details are given of production figures, production variants, and operational service with all RAF and RN squadrons and units.
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Author: Peter R. March
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The Strangest Aircraft Of All Time

The Strangest Aircraft Of All Time


Category: Aircraft
Description: If your idea of a 'strange' aircraft is the pre-war DH Dragon Rapide, a bloated Boeing Super Guppy or a BA Airbus with an 'ethnic' tail design, then think again. What about Horatio Phillips' Multiplane with its 200 separate wings? Or the Hughes H-4 Hercules, the plane with the longest wingspan ever, which was made entirely from plywood? And who could forget the Caspian Sea Monster - a ten-engine, 550,000kg giant designed to fly at 500kph at a mindboggling altitude of just 4m? Exploring the strangest aircraft ever conceived, Keith Ray reveals the madness of many a designer and marketing guru in this highly entertaining homage to some of the aviation world's more bizarre aircraft.
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Author: Keith Ray
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Product ID: 9780750960977
 
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Daring Women Of History

Daring Women Of History


Category: Aircraft
Description: A pioneering aviator and advocate of women's equality, Amelia Earhart was, and continues to be, an inspiration to people the world over. Her fierce determination to break records and push the boundaries of aviation led her to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 1932, as well as the first person (man or woman) to fly solo the trans- Pacific flight from Hawaii to California in 1935. Not content to leave it at that, Amelia set her sights on becoming the first woman to circumnavigate the world, but her brave attempt was cut short when she and her navigator, Fred Noonan, vanished over the Pacific Ocean on the final stretch of the challenge in 1937. Eighty years on and our fascination with Amelia Earhart continues. Here, Mike Roussel charts her life and experiences, exploring the investigations and theories surrounding her mysterious disappearance and revealing the naturally courageous spirit that made her one of the most daring of twentieth-century women.
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Author: Mike Roussel
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Tales Of Lancasters And Other Aircraft

Tales Of Lancasters And Other Aircraft


Category: Aircraft
Description: Of every 100 operational airmen in the Second World War, nearly seven were killed flying in England and more than three severely injured in crashes. With a total of 12,398, the number of non-operational casualties was significant. Operational casualties were of course chillingly grim - over 56,000 airmen died in the war. George Culling was a 19-year-old Lancaster navigator whose own experiences often involved battling tricky and dangerous conditions. Fascinated by the ever-present dangers for airmen even well away from combat, he has collated tales from comrades and combined them with his own to preserve some of the unexpected, inconvenient, dangerous, and often downright bizarre experiences that frequently typified daily life for airmen in the Second World War.
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Author: George Culling
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The Raf Colouring Book

The Raf Colouring Book


Category: Aircraft
Description: Across 2018, the Royal Air Force celebrates its centenary year, looking back over one hundred years of history from its inception following the First World War through to the modern age. This long history has seen operations conducted across greatly varied terrain in vastly different aircraft, from biplanes to bombers, from jet to delta wing, through to the fighter, surveillance, air mobility aircraft and helicopters of today. The illustrations in this book chart the story of the RAF through its aircraft and its most significant events, remembering and highlighting such key milestones as the Battle of Britain and the Dams Raid. Both the perfect gift to educate and entertain children, and to captivate both RAF and colouring enthusiasts for hours.
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The Tornado Story

The Tornado Story


Category: Aircraft
Description: Jointly developed from the air forces of Germany, the UK and Italy, the Tornado was introduced in 1979, with the last of the 992 constructed in 1999. It is a major component of four air forces worldwide and has three main variants. Tornadoes saw action in the Gulf War with the Italian and British air forces, and the type was unjustly criticised after the loss of 6 aircraft in this war. With 10,000 words and full colour photographs, this book comprehensively tells the story behind the Tornado and will be an invaluable addition to every aviation enthusiast's library.
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Author: Christopher John
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Bradshaws International Air Guide  1934

Bradshaws International Air Guide 1934


Category: Aircraft
Description: As air travel entered its exhilarating golden age, a growing number of Britons were taking to the skies - and what better publisher to help them plan their trips than Bradshaw, already famous for its comprehensive railway handbooks? Published in 1934, this is the very first edition of Bradshaw's Air Guide. Redolent of glamour and adventure, it includes information on international airports, passenger details, fares, timetables and a fantastic vintage double-sided map of flight routes in the UK and around the world.
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Author: George Bradshaw
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The Drone Pilots Handbook

The Drone Pilots Handbook


Category: Aircraft
Description: The perfect companion for anyone buying (or thinking of buying) a drone, whether it's just for fun, to race against friends, or to give their to give their photography a whole new angle. The Drone Pilot's Handbook gives you the skills and techniques you need to fly and maintain your multicopter drone, tips for tuning it for maximum performance, and - importantly - a clear graphical guide to where the law will and won't allow you to fly. Meanwhile, spectacular aerial photography from around the world will inspire you to get airborne immediately! Occasional boxouts provide safety tips, handy ideas, and URLs, and flying instructions are presented with attractive original illustrations. This clean approach that makes a welcome contrast to ugly online forums, or the PDFs that drone manufacturers provide, and will have you up and away in no time.
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Author: Adam Juniper
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Magnify The World Encyclopedia Of Aircraft Carriers And Naval Aircraft
The World Encyclopedia Of Aircraft Carriers And Naval Aircraft

The World Encyclopedia Of Aircraft Carriers And Naval Aircraft


Category: Aircraft
Description: This meticulously researched and illustrated book focuses on the evolution of aircraft carriers and naval aircraft. It features chronological histories and comprehensive directories of the world's most important aviation ships and aircraft, including the first ships to launch primitive aircraft; biplanes that were catapulted from converted destroyers; modern warships capable of carrying jets and helicopters; and state-of-the-art jets that are unique for their vertical take-off ability. With more than 1100 magnificent photographs, this book provides historians and enthusiasts with key information about the world's greatest aircraft carriers and naval aircraft.
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Author: Bernard Ireland
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The Sr-71 Blackbird Story

The Sr-71 Blackbird Story


Category: Aircraft
Description: Perhaps no other aircraft in aviation history has been such a well-kept secret as the United States' Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird. This cutting-edge aircraft took the art of aerial spying to an unprecedented level and did it all from highly clandestine high-speed spy missions over Communist nations during the late 1960s and 1970s. With the help of breath-taking photographs, Mark Chambers tells the fascinating story of this truly unique aircraft's design and development as well as its famous and ingenious designer Mr Clarence ' Kelly' Johnson.
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Author: Mark Chambers
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The Wright Brothers Story

The Wright Brothers Story


Category: Aircraft
Description: The creative and technological genius of the Wright brothers, Wilbur and Orville, led to the first powered and controlled flight. Born in Ohio, USA, the brothers' fascination with flight began at an early age. Their first powered aeroplane, ' The Wright Flyer', was tested at Kitty Hawk in 1903. Wilbur's first flight was on 14 December 1903, but quickly stalled and crashed. Three days later, after repairs, Orville flew to 540ft and landed safely after 12 seconds; this was the first powered flight in aviation history. Packed with facts, figures and little-known details, this book charts the triumphs and tragedies of the Wright brothers as they set about making history together.
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Author: Mike Roussel
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Product ID: 9780750970471
 
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Reach For The Skies

Reach For The Skies


Category: Aircraft
Description: As far back as stories go, pioneers have reached for the skies. In the last two hundred years, they have mastered the air and made the modern world possible. Today they are bringing outer space within our reach. They're inventors and toymakers, amateurs and adventurers, visionaries, dreamers and, yes, crackpots. Some have called them irresponsible, even dangerous. But Richard Branson has met many of them. He has worked with them, funded them, and flown with them. He admires them, and trusts them, and thinks they and their kind are our future. In this book Richard Branson looks at the history of flight through the stories and people who have inspired him throughout his life. In these pages you will find tales of miraculous rescues; of records made and broken; of surprising feats of endurance and survival, including some of his own adventures, as well as developments in the future of air (and space) travel. It is a story of pioneers, and of course it includes the world famous Montgolfiers and the Wright brothers, but he also wants to describe some of the lesser-known trailblazers. People like Tony Jannus, who in 1914 created the first scheduled commercial flight in the world, flying his passengers over the waters of Tampa Bay at an altitude of just fifty feet! The 'bird man' Leo Valentin, who in the 1950s jumped from 9,000 feet with wooden wings attached to his shoulders. And Branson's friend Steve Fossett, who dedicated his life to breaking records and having adventures. This is their story. It is also, in a small way, his own.
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Author: Sir Richard Branson
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