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Age of the pioneers: the prehistory of flight; fight to be first; flying takes off. Aircraft go to war: working for the generals; knights of the air; zeppelins and bombers. The golden age: blazing the trail; passengers now boarding; flying boats and airships; the shadow of war. Battle for the skies: command of the air; battle for Britain; air war at sea; death from the air. Cold war, hot war: beyond the sound barrier; cold war warriors; air power in action; hi-tech warfare. Space travel: journey to the moon; shuttle to space. Shrinking world: jet passenger travel; fear of flying; small is beautiful.

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Published in association with Duxford Imperial War Museum and Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum


A lavish and enthralling account of 100 years of airborne innovation, with dramatic images and accounts of pioneering flights and technology, the aircrafts that made history and the pilots who flew them.

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