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Flight by T.A. Heppenheimer
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A biopic of aviation from the first 'toy' gliders to stealth planes and solar-powered composites. Although each of the phases of development has a few pages of tiny font narrative, after my favourite area it was easier just to read the captions for the photos, which (at least in the earlier sections) reflected the narrative itself. Whilst great steps in technology throughout the ages have usually come in response to warfare, it is depressing for the aviation enthusiast to face up to the scenes of destruction and impacts of chemical and biological weapons delivered from the air. Mostly a testament to the might of the US technologists, with occasional reference to European and Asian developments. But then, the story may be complete enough, and if doing it in pictures, availability of pictures will always be a constraint.
Accessed via the library as part of my research on the development of aviation, it's left me depressed.
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Reading Progress

January 10, 2017 – Started Reading
January 12, 2017 – Shelved
January 12, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
January 12, 2017 – Shelved as: non-fiction
January 13, 2017 – Shelved as: historical
January 13, 2017 – Shelved as: science
January 13, 2017 – Finished Reading

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