Osprey Aviation Pioneers 2 : The Risk Takers : Racing & Record-Setting Aircraft : A Unique Pictorial Record 1908-1972
This book focuses upon two distinct but complementary - and in certain cases overlapping - aspects of aviation. At the Reims Air Show in 1909, the American Glenn Curtiss and Frenchman Louis Bleriot vied with each other for the speed record and Henry Farman won the distance prize. The first official air races were held in 1911. Why 'The Risk Takers'? There were a staggering 32 aviation fatalities in 1910; CS Rolls (co-founder of Rolls-Royce) was the first to perform a non-stop return crossing of the English Channel; but his Wright Flyer would break up in mid-air a month later. This book illustrates and analyses all such pioneering achievements in precise technical detail. Hugh Cowin provides short biographies of the key pilots and designers and a stock of previously unseen photographs.
- Reims and the Aerial Adventurers 1908-1913
- The 'Roaring Twenties' 1919-1928
- The Schneider Contribution 1913-1931
- Air Racing's Golden Era 1929-1940
- Records Overshadow Racing 1945-1972
Osprey Aviation Pioneers