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First Flight Around the World — a great book about a fantastic achievement

30 March 2015

First Flight Around the World — a great book about a fantastic achievement

First Flight Around the World: the adventures of the American fliers who won the race, Tim Grove in association with the National Air and Space Museum, ISBN 1-4197-1482-1, 96 pp.

First Flight Around the World: the adventures of the American fliers who won the race, Tim Grove in association with the National Air and Space Museum photo provided by Abrams Books for Young Readers

First Flight Around the World: the adventures of the American fliers who won the race, Tim Grove in association with the National Air and Space Museum — photo provided by Abrams Books for Young Readers

1924.

Aircraft engines which overheat, eat oil and throw connecting rods.

Inadequate maps, poor weather forecasting and few airfields.

Open cockpits, unreliable radios in an unglobalized world.

A chance to set the first record of a flight around the world.

The perfect formula of adventure, history and a great story!

Tim Grove, a significant person in the National Air & Space Museum, has written this story the way Disney makes animated movies since his writing appeals to children as well as adults. Never getting mired in detail, Grove’s approach is perfect for learning of this remarkable adventure and for insight into worlds which no longer exist. The reader learns of the planning and hardships which had to be planned for (exposure to elements, high likelihood of forced landings in remote territories filled with hostile wildlife, route finding with poor maps and poorer weather predication capabilities) but also learns of India, Japan and Vietnam before globalization which erased much of their culture and ways. Pictures abound as do special inserts regarding particular insights.

Grove’s book keeps the adult interested with its description of the persons and machines and his book kindles the mind of child with his vivid depiction of the times, the people and the life — as well as the significance of flight in the world of communication, business and exploration. First Flight Around the World is well written, well crafted, and well worth purchasing.

 

First Flight Around the World: the adventures of the American fliers who won the race, Tim Grove in association with the National Air and Space Museum (back cover) — Abrams Books for Young Readers

First Flight Around the World: the adventures of the American fliers who won the race, Tim Grove in association with the National Air and Space Museum (back cover) — Abrams Books for Young Readers

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Abrams Books for Young Readers provided a copy of First Flight Around the World: the adventures of the American fliers who won the race for an objective review.

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