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Wings: A History of Aviation from Kites to the Space Age

2 Ratings: -1.0
A book by Tom D. Crouch

National Air and Space Museum curator Crouch (A Dream of Wings; The Bishop's Boys) exuberantly surveys the entirety of aviation history. Wealthy aristocrat George Cayley progressed from a helicopter toy (1796) and model gliders (1804) to a glider capable … see full wiki

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Author: Tom D. Crouch
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
2 reviews about Wings: A History of Aviation from Kites...
review by . August 25, 2008
The writing isn't bad in this book (nor is it that good), but the real problem with this book is that the scope is too large for the effort. The 100-year history of aviation cannot be compressed into 639 pages. Crouch should have focused on military aviation, commercial aviation, or aviation technology to be able to drill to enough depth in this space to make this a worthwhile expenditure of time. Or he should have expanded the format and writing to a multi-volume set to give each topic the care …
review by . March 07, 2004
This should have been a "blockbuster," considering the author's credentials: senior curator of aeronautic at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. But the effort falls far short because of glaring inaccuracies and an apparent political bias that simply has no place in a purported history of flight.   Crouch tells of an airship "seven football fields" long. No airshp, literally a Zeppelin, was 2,100 feet long. In another place, Crouch says a B-24 bomber comprised more than 1,500,000 …
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