The Wrong Stuff? Attempts at Flight Before (and After) the Wright Brothers

Collection Name: Drachen Foundation Collection
Artist or Author: Phil Scott
Creation Year: 2003
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Summary: ISBN: 1592580440 Language: English Description: History has produced some amazing airplanes. And then there are these. Take, for instance, the Convair X-6, a proposed nuclear-powered version of the B-36 Peacemaker. One crash, into New York City, say, would have irrradiated much of Manhattan for a few centuries. THen there was the Budd Conestoga, a World War II cargo plane built entirely from stainless steel to alleviate a predicted shortage of aluminum. Cost overruns and launch delays--and no aluminum shortage--led to the Conestoga's cancellation. A few never got built: William Henson's proposed Aerial Steam Carriage of 1842 received a lot of press, much of it satirical. And the flying albatross of Jean-Marie Le Bris did manage to take off, then promptly crashed into a rock quarry. Even the Wright brothers didn't have much luck with their 1904 flyer. Here are the pictures and stories of those flying machines, plus many other odd and unusual aircraft whose time had not yet come--or would never arrive. On the 100th anniversary of flight, this book is a fascinating chronicle, a look at the hopes, dreams and failures of those would-be inventors afflicted wtih the Wrong Stuff. Copyright 2003 by Phil Scott 219 pages
Type: Book
Geographic: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, United States
Materials: Paper
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Attempts at Flight Before (and After) the Wright Brothers The Wrong Stuff?
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