Experience the history of flight with the world-class aviation collection at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, which attracts millions and millions of visitors each year in Washington, D.C.
From the moment the Wright Brothers first took flight in 1903 to the modern-day reliance on stealth aircraft and drones, there have been significant advances made in aviation. Milestones of Flight celebrates each era of advancements by showcasing the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's world-class aircraft collection. Authored by Dr. Robert van der Linden, a leading expert on aviation and Chairman of the Aeronautics Department at the NASM, this book is a stunning profile of the advancements in flight from decade to decade, illustrated with beautiful, large-scale photography and enhanced with little-known facts, anecdotes, and insights from major players in the aviation industry.
Climb inside the cockpit of the Spirit of St. Louis that Charles Lindbergh piloted solo across the Atlantic Ocean, making history. Contrast that with a Boeing B-29 Superfortress, the first aircraft to drop an atomic bomb. The full-page photos of each milestone-making aircraft are accompanied by timelines to showcase related aircraft as well as sidebars with interesting and little-known facts, stories, and related research.
Milestone categories include:
- Era of Early Flight
- World War I First Fighters
- Long-Range Record-Setting Flight
- Popular Flight
- First Commercial Airliners
- World War II Aircraft
- Experimental Flight
- Cold War Military/Korean Conflict Aircraft
- Commercial Jets
- Modern Military Aircraft
What will the next milestone be?
Dr. F. Robert van der Linden is the Chairman of the Aeronautics Department of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. He is also Curator of Air Transportation and Special Purpose Aircraft, as well as the responsible curator for the Milestones of Flight gallery, the Hall of Air Transportation, and the Golden Age of Flight gallery. His work as the lead curator for the America by Air gallery earned him accolades.
Dr. van der Linden is the author of books including The Boeing 247: The First Modern Airliner and Airlines and Air Mail: The Post Office and the Birth of the Commercial Aviation Industry. He is the co-author of books including Charles Lindbergh and the Spirit of St. Louis and 100 Years of Flight: A Chronicle of Aerospace History, 1903-2003. Dr. van der Linden is a true aviation authority.
"This is a dangerous book to get. It is difficult to not open and nearly impossible to put down once opened as the reader will revel in the insights, the human history and the images so lovingly captured. Pick a library. Any library. Milestones of Flight belongs in it."
"This is a very interesting book. The aircraft under consideration are presented in twenty-six chapters and the writers take the time to look at developments with rival designs elsewhere to get their subjects into context. The photography is first class and the use of archive complies with all the typical touches we have come to expect from the art department at Zenith Press. Treat it as an informative and learned example of presenting aviation history with style and conviction. It looks great and the text will have you nodding quietly in agreement over your cereal. I like this book."