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Flying Cars: The True Story
Humans have always wanted to fly. As soon as there were planes and cars, many people saw a combination as the next step for personal transportation, and visionary engineers and inventors did their best to make the flying car (or the roadable plane) a reality. This book is a breezy account of hybrid vehicles and their creators, and of the intense drive that kept bringing in ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published August 25th 2015 by Clarion Books
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Book Review & Giveaway: Flying Cars by Andrew Glass brought back so many memories for me. When I was growing up, I was convinced that we would all zip around like George Jetson by the 21st century or at least minimally we would have cars that could also fly. My dad flew light planes and I could easily see how cars and planes combined would be really wonderful things to have. It just made sense – when you landed your plane, you needed a car to get around so why not combine the two? If we coul ...more
Since the beginning of flight, men have tried to make a plane that was as comfortable driving down the road, as it is soaring through this air. This well documented, photographically complete history of the flying car race starts with early 20th century rivals to the Wright Brothers, through WWII and the Cold War and even looks into future prototypes and kits you can buy today to update your car and make it fly. It’s amazing that none of these actually caught on! The author tells the story of ex ...more
Flying Cars is about an odd bit of aviation history where the norm is the belief that, at some point, everyone would have had a car capable of flight in their garage. Well, okay, not everybody, but enough people that flying cars would seem normal and not just a novelty. The book is written at a level that middle grade readers can easily digest, and a number of pictures and illustrations are present. There are resources and a glossary included for those who want to know more. Glass does a good jo ...more
Listed in CCBC Chocies 2016 under Science, Technology and the Natural World. Most compelling for me about this book is the beautiful cover. Intrigued me to read it, but found it was written too much like a textbook. Sweet spot: adults with high interest in aviation
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