Wings by Tom D. Crouch
A History of Aviation from Kites to the Space Age

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This book tells the history of the birth and development of human flight - the technology that defined the 20th century. Tom Crouch weaves the people, machines and ideas of the air age into a compelling narrative and shows how this extraordinary dream was realized. He tells how the enthusiasm of amateurs spawned an industry that determined the rise and fall of nations. Whatever the pracical consequences, the sheer exhilaration of flight captured the imagination.

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Tom D. Crouch, author of The Bishop's Boys and A Dream of Wings, is senior curator of the aeronautics division at the National Air & Space Museum. He lives in Fairfax, Virginia.
Published November 1, 2003 by W. W. Norton & Company. 512 pages
Genres: History, War, Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Crouch (Enduring Patagonia, 2002, etc.), a West Point graduate and former Army Ranger, depicts this story of William Langhorne Bond and his intrepid shepherding of the American-backed China National Aviation Corporation (CNAC).

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The Shangri-La-ish dust jacket and breathless subtitle of China's Wings make it seem like a potboiler, but it is a first-rate saga of aviation, wartime politics, and business that manages to be gripping without sacrificing scholarly rigor.

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Along the way, Bond helped CNAC evacuate cities being occupied by the Japanese invaders, pioneered flying passengers and supplies over the “Hump”, the mountains between India and China, navigated the power structures of the Chinese government to protect PanAm’s investment and provided the best co...

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