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Milestones of Flight: the Epic of Aviation with the National Air and Space Museum

24 June 2016

Milestones of Flight: the Epic of Aviation with the National Air and Space Museum, F. Robert van der Linden|Alex M. Spencer|Thomas J. Paone, ISBN 978-0-7603-5027-0, 206 pp.

Milestones of Flight: the Epic of Aviation with the National Air and Space Museum by F. Robert van der Linden, Alex M. Spencer, Thomas J. Paone

Milestones of Flight: the Epic of Aviation with the National Air and Space Museum by F. Robert van der Linden, Alex M. Spencer, Thomas J. Paone

The National Air & Space Museum (NASM) is the home to much of aviation’s history treasures and traveling to see them is a must for everyone from a buff to historian to those who were part of, or witness to, aviation’s history. Milestones of Flight though, enhances any visit immenely—as well as serves in lieu of a trip to the NASM.

Why?

For these excellent reasons:

  • The museum quality photography as well as historical images—the photos of the NASM aircraft cannot be better in quality or more artful. Interior images and details which make each aircraft unique populate the pages.
  • The timeline from the beginning to end of the book delivering the context of aircraft development as history aviation progressed
  • The backstories of how aircraft got to the NASM—some logical, some remarkable and a few intriguing to say the least!

This is a dangerous book to get. It is difficult to not open and nearly impossible to put down once opened as the reader will revel in the insights, the human history and the images so lovingly captured. Pick a library. Any library. Milestones of Flight belongs in it.

 

Aircraft in Milestones of Flight
1903 Wright Flyer Bell XP-59A Airacomet
1909 Wright Military Flyer Messerschmitt Me 262A 1a Schwalbe
1911 Wright EX Vin Fiz Boeing B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay
Blériot XI Little Gee Bee
Curtiss D-III Headless Pusher Bell X-1
Caudron G.4 North American F-86A
Douglas World Cruiser DWC-2 Chicago Boeing 367-80
Ryan NY-P Spirit of St. Louis McDonnell F-4S-44 Phantom II
Lockheed Vega 5B North American X-15
Lockheed Vega 5C Winnie Mae Arlington Sisu 1A
Piper J-3 Cub Bell UH-1H Iroquois “Huey” Smokey III
Explorer II Lockheed SR-71A “Blackbird”
Douglas DC-3 Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde
Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless General Atomics MQ-1L Predator
North American P-51D Mustang

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Zenith Press provided a copy of Milestones of Flight: the Epic of Aviation with the National Air and Space Museum, as is the publishing custom, for an objective review.

 

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