The Airplane: How Ideas Gave Us Wings

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  • Hardcover
  • 352 pages
  • The Airplane: How Ideas Gave Us Wings
  • Jay Spenser
  • English
  • 08 January 2017
  • 9780061259197

About the Author: Jay Spenser

Jay P Spenser

The Airplane: How Ideas Gave Us WingsThe Inside Story Of How People Invented And Refined The Airplane.Who Were Aviation S Dreamers And From Where Did They Draw Their Inspiration What Lessons Did Inventors Learn From Birds, Insects, Marine Mammals, And Fish That Helped Us Fly How Did The Bicycle Lead To The Airplane, And Hot Water Heaters To Metal Fuselages And Who Figured Out How To Fly Without Seeing The Ground, Setting The Stage For Scheduled Airline Services In All Weather Conditions In This Entertaining History Of The Jetliner, Jay Spenser Follows The Flow Of Simple Yet Powerful Ideas To Trace Aviation S Challenges He Introduces Us To Pioneers Across Continents And Centuries, Sheds New Insights On Their Contributions, And Evokes Those Key Moments In History When, Piece By Piece, Such Innovators As Otto Lilienthal, Igor Sikorsky, Louis Bl Riot, Hugo Junkers, And Jack Northrop Collectively Solved The Puzzle Of Flight.Along The Way, Spenser Demystifies The Modern Jetliner From Wings To Flight Controls To Fuselages To Landing Gear, He Examines The Parts Of The Airplane To Show How They Came Into Being And Have Evolved Over Time The Airplane Culminates In A Discussion Of Boeing S 787 Dreamliner And Explores The Possibilities For Aviation S Future.

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10 thoughts on “The Airplane: How Ideas Gave Us Wings

  1. Ushan says:

    People have been dreaming of building machines that would fly like birds and bats at least since the time of Leonardo da Vinci Something resembling what we now think of as the airplane was invented in 1799 by George Cayley, a Yorkshire baronet, who was the first to realize that a flying machine can have fixed wings providing lift separate from paddles providing forward thrust, unlike birds and bats, which use moving wings for both Of course, the steam engines of his day did not have the power to weight ratio necessary to operate the paddles or airscrews The airplane had to wait until the internal combustion engine was invented Several inventors built flying machines powered by an internal combustion engine in the early 1900s, but the only truly controllable one was the 1903 Flyer by Orville and Wilbur Wright, which is generally considered the first true airplane Bicycle mechanics by main occupation, the brothers understood that the airplane has to lean in order to turn, unlike other inventors, whose flying machines were too stable and therefore uncontrollable Thirty years and a world war later, and there was the Boeing 247 airliner of semimonocoque construction, with a cantilevered wing and retractable landing gear Spenser explains what all these terms mean Twenty years and another world war later, and the...

  2. Christopher says:

    This book is an excellent overview of the earliest days of flight The text is highly readable and accessible to a general audience The jet age is not covered in as much depth but the text does go up to the present with a chapter on the 787 Dreamliner Highly recommended

  3. Derrick Nedzel says:

    I didn t expect a lot, but I was pleasantly surprised The he book is arranged by engineering aspects of airplanes airfoil, fuselage, engine, landing gear, instruments, etc The author gives a history of each including why ultimate solutions won out over other approaches The book doesn t go down to the very fine level of detail I was looking for, but it provided a very good foundation for further study And I found Mr Spenser s approach very even handed, rather than favoring one country s airplanes and researchers over another In particular, he described the collaboration and sharing of information by designers from different...

  4. Daniel L. says:

    Even Piece by Piece, an Airplane Is More Than the Sum of Its Parts It s a bird, it s a plane We all know what an airplane is and take the shape of these ubiquitous flying machines for granted not to mention getting from place to place on one That was not only the case For centuries, man has dreamed of flying, but what a machine capable of enabling people to escape the surly bonds of the Earth should look like, no one could know It should come to no surprise that many people thought that an airplane should flap its wings like a bird Needless to say, history has not been kind to ornithopters, as such machines are known Balloons offered man his first taste of soaring above the crowds the invention of the Montgolfier brothers increased man s thirst for a heavier than air machine that could take him aloft Fast forward to the beginning in 1809, an Englishman named George Cayley created the first powered model glider, a later development of which was sufficiently large to carry a young boy aloft for a short hop The work Sir George inspired William Henson he created a model of a flying machine he called Ariel, the Henson Aerial Steam Carriage By 1983, wanting to go the next step of creating a full size working aircraft, he started the world s first aviation firm His machine was to be ...

  5. Pierre Lauzon says:

    In a relatively short and highly readable book, Jay Spenser gives a comprehensive overview of the development of the Airplane It begins with a discussion of Sir George Caley as the first person to conceive of the modern airplane, documented on a silver disc in 1799, a full century before the Wright Brothers made world history in December 1903.The book ends with a discussion of the Boeing 787 and future concepts in aircraft such as the Blended Wing Body aircraft The book has chapters on Configuration, Fuselage, Wings, Empennage, Flight Controls, Flight Deck and instruments, Aero Propulsion, Landing Gear, Passenger Cabin, Systems Integration, and Today s State of the Art the 787 discussion.Each chapter cites individuals that contributed to progress in aviation in the subject discussed It is a valuable book because it discusses advances in rough chronological order.The book was copyrig...

  6. M.T. Bass says:

    An extremely pleasant surprise, this book is not a traditional history of aviation, cataloging the different makes and models of aircraft through the years Instead, Jay Spenser has authored the biography of a thing And just as a man s character can be revealed through the trajectory of events and experiences on his path from youth to adulthood, the Boe...

  7. Reading Reader says:

    Spenser has written a good overview of the history of manned flight, taken from the various perspectives of different aircraft parts or systems After an initial overview of the early origins of manned flight, Spenser focuses each chapter on one particular part of the aircraft and traces the development of design in relation to that element I appreciated this approach to dividing up the story of flight, but it also made each chapter a bit predictable start with Cayley or the Wrights, and work forward to modern times.Anyone with an interest in airplanes and flight will probably not find much new here, aside from a few anecdotes ...

  8. Justin Bowen says:

    If you enjoy aviation and history, this book is a near perfect blend Each chapter breaks down the invention and development of the different parts of the airplane Spenser does a great job explaining the aspects of a plane or the process of operating one that has always...

  9. John Kubalak says:

    If, like me, you re a serious aviation history geek then you will love this book It breaks down the airplane literally piece by piece wings, fuselage, engine, etc and examines the ideas and history behind how the airplane came together and became what we k...

  10. Converse says:

    A historical discussion of the technical evolution of airplane, starting with George Cayley,an Englishman who worked on the theory and practice with models of flight in the late 1700s and 1800s, and ending with the Boeing dreamliner Each ...