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Hundreds of aviation books pdf free download. Aviation history pdf. Space exploration books pdf. Subject collections, suggested books, vintage books.

Book Collections on Aviation and Space Exploration

Books on Airplanes – Collection

Free books about airplanes at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Airplanes”. Some books: Aviation: the pioneer years, Planes, The World’s Greatest Aircraft, Aeroplane, The Book of Warplanes, Flying the World’s Great Aircraft, Aerodynamics for Naval Aviators, The Planes the Axis Flew in World War II, Encyclopedia of Major Military Aircraft of the World, Designers and Test Pilots, Aircraft Engine Maintenance, The Joy of Learning to Fly, Aircraft Maintenance and Repair, The Private Pilot’s Flight Manual, many more.

Aircraft Books – Collection

Free books about Aircraft. Includes fiction. Some titles: Concorde, Piston Aero Engines, B-17 Flying Fortress, Air Accident Investigation, Nimitz Class Supercarrier, F2G-1 Super Corsair, The Lockheed Story, more.

Military Airplanes – Collection

Books about military airplanes free online. Some books: Combat Aircraft, The World’s Fighting Planes, The Great Book of Modern Warplanes, Historic Warplanes, Illustrated Guide to Aircraft Markings, Aircraft of World War II, Everything You Need to Score High on the Military Flight Aptitude Tests, Naval Aircraft 1939-1945, Warplanes of the 21st Century, Encyclopedia of Military Aircraft, Bombers, Fighting Helicopters of the 20th Century, Modern American Combat Aircraft, many more.

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Books on Aviation History – Collection

Free online aviation history books at the Internet Archive. Some books: American Aviation: an illustrated history, Who’s Who in Aviation History: 500 biographies, Skystars: the history of women in aviation, History of U.S. Coast Guard Aviation, Aviation: the first 100 years, Flight: a history of aviation in photographs, The Federal Aviation Administration, A History of Naval Aviation, Canada’s National Aviation Museum, Commercial Aviation, History of Canadian Aviation 1918-1962, Black Eagles: African Americans in Aviation, many more.

Aircraft Accidents Books – Collection

Free aircraft accidents books. Some books: Air Disasters, Flights of No Return, Air Crashes, Disaster of the Hindenburg, Aircraft Accident Analysis: Final Reports, Pilot Error: a study of contributory factors, The Last 9 Minutes: the story of flight 981, Mysterious Air Disasters Explained, Lockerbie: the tragedy of flight 103, The Stories behind General Aviation Accidents, Crash of the Concorde, many more.

Space Exploration Books – Collection

Free online space exploration books at the Internet Archive. Some books: An Illustrated Timeline of Space Exploration, American Space Exploration: the first decade, Canada in Space, The Future of Space Exploration, Can We Travel to the Stars?, One Small Step: the inside story of space exploration, Thirty Years of Unmanned Space Probes, Men of Space, The Day We Walked on the Moon: a photo history, Space Vehicles, Space Dictionary, Exploration of Mars, many more.

Space Flight Books – Collection

Free online space flight books. Some books: An Album of Modern Spaceships, Manned Spacecraft to Maras and Venus, Mission to Mars: plans and concepts for the first manned landing, Exploration of Mars, Space Traveller’s Handbook, Entering Space: an astronaut’s odyssey, Cosmic Wormholes, Genesis: the story of Apollo 8, Space Shuttle, Human Factors in Jet and Space Travel: a medical-psychological analysis, Who’s Who in Space: the first 25 years, many more.

NASA History Books – Collection

About 200 free online books from the History Division of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Some titles: Beyond Earth: A Chronicle of Deep Space Exploration, Computers in Spaceflight: The NASA Experience, Origins of 21st Century Space Travel, Personal Reflections on the Apollo Program, A History of the Johnson Space Center 1957-1990, An Annotated Bibliography of the Apollo Program, 75 Years at the NASA Ames Research Center, A History of Manned Lunar Spacecraft, Critical Issues in the History of Spaceflight.

Space Flight Books (including Fiction and Children’s Books) – Collection

Free online books about Space Flight, including many children’s books and works of fiction. Some titles: Poseiden’s Wake, Interstellar, Tintin Explorers on the Moon, Space Shuttle: the first 20 years, Flying to the Moon and other Strange Places, Of a Fire on the Moon, more.

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Astronautics Books – Collection

Free astronautics books. Some books: Astronauts and Cosmonauts, Giants of Space, Careers and Opportunities in Astronautics, Robots in Space, Look Inside Cross-Sections Space, Star-Crossed Orbits, Exploring the Earth from Space, Starbound: the story of Rocketry, The Second Fifteen Years in Space, Rockets and Spacecraft of the World, Planets: other worlds of our solar system, many more.

Collection of Historic Aviation Periodicals

Variety of Titles 1908-1940

This free online collection at HathiTrust contains long runs of more than a dozen periodicals from the early years of aviation.

More Collections of Free Books on Aeronautics Topics

Suggested Books on Aviation and the Space Program

Entering Space: An Astronaut’s Odyssey

Allen, Joseph P. and Martin, Russell
Stewart, Tabori & Chang 1986 Dewey Dec. 629.4

Astronaut Joseph P. Allen shares his first-hand insights into the incomparable experience of traveling in space and brings the human dimension of our space program into focus. He gives us a fascinating account of a shuttle flight, describing the tension of a countdown and launch, the complexities of living for days in the strange weightless environment, the challenges of working in space, the emotional impact of seeing Earth from space, the drama of the meteoric descent and landing.
The book includes more than 200 dramatic color photos taken by the astronauts and selected from tens of thousands in the NASA photographic laboratories.

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Bag of Smoke; The Story of Man’s First Reach for Space

Anderson, Lonzo
Knopf 1968 Dewey Dec. Dewey Class # 629.1

An account of how the Montgolfier brothers invented the balloon which was the means of man’s first successful flight into space. Montgolfier, Jacques-Etienne, 1745-1799.

Almost Heaven: The Story of Women in Space

Bevles, BettyAnn H.
Basic 2003 Dewey Dec. 629.4

Almost Heaven tells the stories of the remarkable women who have bravely met two challenges: the risk of space travel and the struggle to succeed in a man’s world. From Valentina Tereshkova in 1963 and Sally Ride in 1983 to Kalpana Chawla and Lauren Clark on the last flight of the Columbia, these women made history. Bettyann Holtzmann Kevles brings the women of space to life in this fascinating book, describing what motivates them, the pioneers who paved the way for them, and how their presence in the astronaut corps changed NASA.

The Flying Book: Everything You’ve Ever Wondered about Flying on Airplanes

Blatner, David
Walker 2003 Dewey Dec. 387.7

Whether you fear, thrill at, or, like many, have never bothered to stop and think about the wonder of commercial flight, The Flying Book will inform, surprise, reassure, and entertain. David Blatner takes readers from the cockpit to the runway, the control tower, the baggage and security systems, the airplane manufacturing plant, and beyond, explaining the many factors that make airline travel possible. There are stops along the way to examine airplane maintenance, pilot training, the effects of weather, safety statistics, tips for staying healthy, oddball aviation inventions such as the air car, and what aerodynamicists have learned from birds and bugs.

Reach for the Skies: Ballooning, Birdmen, and Blasting into Space

Branson, Richard
Current 2011 Dewey Dec. 629.1

In this book Richard Branson looks at the history of flight through the stories and people who have inspired him throughout his life. In these pages you will find tales of miraculous rescues; of records made and broken; of surprising feats of endurance and survival, including some of his own adventures, as well as developments in the future of air travel (and space travel). It is a story of pioneers, and of course it includes the world famous Montgolfiers and the Wright brothers, but he also wants to describe some of the lesser-known trailblazers. People like Tony Jannus, who in 1914 created the first scheduled commercial flight in the world, flying his passengers over the waters of Tampa Bay at an altitude of just fifty feet! The ‘bird man’ Leo Valentin, who in the 1950s jumped from 9,000 feet with wooden wings attached to his shoulders. And Branson’s friend Steve Fossett, who dedicated his life to breaking records and having adventures.
This is their story. It is also, in a small way, his own.

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Weather Flying

Buck, Robert N.
McGraw-Hill 1997

Weather Flying is regarded in the industry as the bible of weather flying. Robert Buck, a general aviation and commercial pilot with tens of thousands of hours of flight time, explains weather in a nontechnical way, giving pilots useful understanding of weather and practical knowledge of how to judge it and fly it. Covers weather flying psychology, en route weather changes, radar and how to use it, taking off in bad weather, and much more.

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Beyond the Limits: Flight Enters the Computer Age

Ceruzzi, Paul E.
MIT 1989 Dewey Dec. 629.1

Computers and flying machines are two dominant technologies of our time. Beyond the Limits shows the ways in which they interact, clearly illustrating the complex issues and devices involved in their mutual evolution. It describes and illustrates how computer technology has affected the theory and practice of the engineering and operations of aircraft and spacecraft from 1945 to the present. Paul Ceruzzi points out that the “revolution” in aerospace technology has been going on for at least forty years. For the first time, he tells how modern flight depends on computers, how this came about, and what its consequences are.

A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts

Chaikin, Andrew
Viking 1994 Dewey Dec. 629.4

‘A Man on the Moon’ is the definitive account of the heroic Apollo programme: from the tragedy of the fire in Apollo 1 during a simulated launch, through the euphoria of the first moonwalk, to the discoveries made by the first scientist in space aboard Apollo 17. Drawing on hundreds of hours of in-depth interviews with the astronauts and team, this is the story of the twentieth century’s greatest human achievement, minute-by-minute, in the words of those who were there.

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Wings: A History of Aviation from Kites to the Space Age

Crouch, Tom D.
Smithsonian 2003 Dewey Dec. 629.1

The history of the birth and development of human flight; the technology that defined the twentieth century. The invention of the airplane ushered in the modern age, a new era of global commerce, revolutionary technologies, and total war. Whatever the practical consequences, the sheer exhilaration of flight captured the imagination. No longer bound to the surface of the earth, humans took the first steps on a journey that would eventually carry them to other worlds. Tom Crouch weaves the people, machines, and ideas of the air age into a compelling narrative.

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Space Sciences (4 Vols)

Dasch, Pat, ed.
MacMillan 2012

Encyclopedia of Space Exploration. Volume titles are: 1. Space Business; 2. Planetary Science and Astronomy; 3. Humans in Space; 4. Our Future in Space.

Sputnik: The Shock of the Century

Dickson, Paul
Walker 2001 Dewey Dec. 629.4

On October 4, 1957, as Leave It to Beaver premiered on American television, the Soviet Union launched the space age. Sputnik, all of 184 pounds with only a radio transmitter inside its highly polished shell, became the first man-made object in space; while it immediately shocked the world, its long-term impact was even greater, for it profoundly changed the shape of the twentieth century. Journalist Paul Dickson chronicles the dramatic events and developments leading up to and emanating from Sputnik’s launch. Supported by groundbreaking, original research and many recently declassified documents, Sputnik offers a fascinating profile of the early American and Soviet space programs and a strikingly revised picture of the politics and personalities behind the facade of America’s fledgling efforts to get into space.

National Geographic Encyclopedia of Space

Glover, Linda K.
National Geographic 2005 Dewey Dec. 629.4

The National Geographic Encyclopedia of Space offers clear and concise explanations of the planets; telescopes; manned space flight; satellites; the origin of the universe; the contributions of Nicolaus Copernicus, Edwin Hubble, and Stephen Hawking; and much more. The Encyclopedia of Space answers such questions as How vast is the Milky Way? What makes a satellite stay up? How does deep space affect our daily climate? Arranged in six thematic chapters, the Encyclopedia of Space brings together in one accessible volume the varied aspects of space science: the solar system, deep space exploration (manned and unmanned) and discovery, satellites and orbits, and the commercial, scientific, and military uses of space. Tables, diagrams, maps, and fact boxes provide additional information and value.

An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth

Hadfield, Chris
Random House 2013

As Commander of the International Space Station, Chris Hadfield captivated the world with stunning photos and commentary from space. Now, in his first book, Chris offers readers extraordinary stories from his life as an astronaut, and shows how to make the impossible a reality. Guide to Life on Earth offers readers not just the inspiring story of one man’s journey to the ISS, but the opportunity to step into his space-boots and think like an astronaut. Books about space program.

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Failure is Not an Option: Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond

Kranz, Gene
G. K. Hall 2000 Dewey Dec. 629.4

Gene Kranz was present at the creation of America’s manned space program and was a key player in it for three decades. As a flight director in NASA’s Mission Control, Kranz witnessed firsthand the making of history. He participated in the space program from the early days of the Mercury program to the last Apollo mission, and beyond. He endured the disastrous first years when rockets blew up and the United States seemed to fall further behind the Soviet Union in the space race. He helped to launch Alan Shepard and John Glenn, then assumed the flight director’s role in the Gemini program, which he guided to fruition. With his teammates, he accepted the challenge to carry out President John F. Kennedy’s commitment to land a man on the Moon before the end of the 1960s.
Kranz recounts these thrilling historic events and offers new information about the famous flights. What appeared as nearly flawless missions to the Moon were, in fact, a series of hair-raising near misses.

Stick and Rudder

Langewiesche, Wolfgang
McGraw-Hill 1972

Stick and Rudder is the first exact analysis of the art of flying ever attempted. It has been continously in print for thirty-three years. It shows precisely what the pilot does when he flies, just how he does it, and why. Because the basics are largely unchanging, the book therefore is applicable to large airplanes and small, old airplanes and new, and is of interest not only to the learner but also to the accomplished pilot and to the instructor himself.

Smithsonian Atlas of Space Exploration

Launius, Roger D.
HarperCollins 2009

Relates the history of space exploration in text, photographs, illustrations, and maps from the earliest times to the present.

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The Spirit of St. Louis

Lindbergh, Charles A.
Ballantine 1971 Dewey Dec. 629.1

Charles A. Lindbergh captured the world’s attention—and changed the course of history—when he completed his famous nonstop flight from New York to Paris in 1927. In The Spirit of St. Louis, Lindbergh takes the reader on an extraordinary journey, bringing to life the thrill and peril of trans-Atlantic travel in a single-engine plane. Eloquently told and sweeping in its scope, Lindbergh’s Pulitzer Prize-winning account is an epic adventure tale for all time. Spirit of St. Louis (Airplane).

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The Wright Brothers

McCullough, David
Simon & Schuster 2016

In this “enjoyable, fast-paced tale” (The Economist), master historian David McCullough “shows as never before how two Ohio boys from a remarkable family taught the world to fly” (The Washington Post) and “captures the marvel of what the Wrights accomplished” (The Wall Street Journal). He draws on the extensive Wright family papers to profile not only the brothers but their sister, Katharine, without whom things might well have gone differently for them. Essential reading, this is “a story of timeless importance, told with uncommon empathy and fluency…about what might be the most astonishing feat mankind has ever accomplished… The Wright Brothers soars” (The New York Times Book Review). McCullough Wright Brothers free download or read online.

Rocket Men: The Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon

Nelson, Craig
Viking 2009

“Author Craig Nelson restores the mystery and majesty to an event that may have become too familiar for most people to realize what a stunning achievement it represented in planning, technology, and execution. Through interviews, 23,000 pages of NASA oral histories, and declassified CIA documents on the space race, Nelson creates a vivid and detailed account of the Apollo 11 mission. From the quotidian to the scientific to the magical, readers are taken right into the cockpit with Aldrin and Armstrong and behind the scenes at Mission Control.” –From publisher description.

Red Star in Orbit

Oberg, James E.
Random House 1981

Provides a candid, behind-the-scenes look at the Russian space program since 1957, discussing the designers of the program, the cosmonauts, the successes, the failures, and more.

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Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years of Lockheed

Rich, Ben
Little, Brown 2013

From the development of the U-2 to the Stealth fighter, Skunk Works is the true story of America’s most secret and successful aerospace operation. As recounted by Ben Rich, the operation’s brilliant boss for nearly two decades, the chronicle of Lockheed’s legendary Skunk Works is a drama of Cold War confrontations and Gulf War air combat, of extraordinary feats of engineering and human achievement against fantastic odds. Here are up-close portraits of the maverick band of scientists and engineers who made the Skunk Works so renowned.

Book of Flight: the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Rinard, Judith E.
Firefly 2001

‘The Book of Flight’ traces the remarkable story of the pioneers, inventors, and daring pilots who turned that dream into a reality. Based on the outstanding collections of the National Air and Space Museum, this book brings to life milestones in flight history – the development of ballooning; the earliest human gliders; the Wright Brothers’ first sustained flights; Charles Lindbergh’s solo trip across the Atlantic; Amelia Earhart’s courageous flights; Chuck Yeager’s blast through the sound barrier; the Apollo astronauts’ first steps onto the moon; and the building of the International Space Station.

The Simple Science of Flight: From Insects to Jumbo Jets

Tennekes, Hendrik
MIT 1996

An investigation into how machines and living creatures fly, and of the similarities between butterflies and Boeings, paper airplanes and plovers.
From the smallest gnat to the largest aircraft, all things that fly obey the same aerodynamic principles. In The Simple Science of Flight, Henk Tennekes investigates just how machines and creatures fly: what size wings they need, how much energy is required for their journeys, how they cross deserts and oceans, how they take off, climb, and soar.

Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge

U.S. Dept of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
U.S. Dept of Transportation 2016

The Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge is an essential book for any Remote, Sport, Recreational, Private, Commercial, and Instructor Pilot. It provides basic knowledge that is vital for all pilots. This handbook introduces pilots to the broad spectrum of knowledge that will be needed as they progress in their pilot training. This handbook is useful to beginning pilots, as well as those pursuing more advanced pilot certificates.

History of Rocketry & Space Travel

Von Braun, Werner and Ordway, Frederick I.
Crowell 1967

Wernher Magnus Maximilian Freiherr von Braun was a German and later American aerospace engineer and space architect. He was the leading figure in the development of rocket technology in Germany and a pioneer of rocket and space technology in the United States. -Wikipedia. Space program history.

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Cambridge Air and Space Dictionary

Walker, P.M.B.
Cambridge Univ. 1990

Offers six thousand definitions on pertinent subjects in aeronautics, astronomy, meteorology, and space technology. “Comprehensive coverage of aeronautics, space, astronomy and meteorology.”

Echoes Among the Stars: A Short History of the U.S. Space Program

Walsh, Patrick J.
Sharpe 2000

Emphasizing the importance of the space programme to the scientific, social and cultural history of the last half of the 20th century, this brief history celebrates the almost unimaginable technological leap that the space programme represents, a feat of teamwork, innovation, dedication and mastery unprecedented in the history of mankind. Walsh’s narrative begins just before the Mercury programme, covers the original seven astronauts, the Gemini and Apollo programmes, through Skylab and up to the space shuttle. The glories and emotion of space exploration are presented against the backdrop of the Cold War, the presidential administrations of Eisenhower, JFK, LBJ, Nixon, Ford and Carter, and other significant events in US history.

The Right Stuff

Wolfe, Tom
Bantam 1983 Dewey Dec. 629.1

Men first flew into space in 1961, but until The Right Stuff was first published in 1979 few people had a sense of the most engrossing side of that adventure: namely, the perceptions and goals of the astronauts themselves, aloft and during certain remarkable odysseys on earth. It is this, the inner world of the early astronauts, John Glenn, Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, and their confreres, that Tom Wolfe describes with his extraordinary powers of empathy. He shows us the bidden olympus to which all ambitious combat and test pilots aspired, the top of the pyramid of the right stuff.

The Universe in a Mirror: The Saga of the Hubble Telescope and the Visionaries Who Built It

Zimmerman, Robert
Princeton Univ. 2008 Dewey Dec. 629.4

The Hubble Space Telescope has produced the most stunning images of the cosmos humanity has ever seen. It has transformed our understanding of the universe around us, revealing new information about its age and evolution, the life cycle of stars, and the very existence of black holes, among other startling discoveries. The Universe in a Mirror tells the story of this telescope and the visionaries responsible for its extraordinary accomplishments.
Robert Zimmerman takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most ambitious scientific instruments ever sent into space.

Vintage Aviation Books

VINTAGE BOOKS – Aviation History

The Dominion of the Air: The Story of Aerial Navigation

Bacon, Rev. John Mackenzie
Philadelphia: McKay 1903

The Conquest of the Air: Aeronautics, Aviation – History, Theory, Practice

Berget, Alphonse
NY: G. P. Putnam’s Sons 1911 Dewey Dec. 629.1

Aeronautics books.

Aircraft Year Book 1919

Faurote, Fay L., ed.
Manufacturers Aircraft Association Dewey Dec. 629.1

“This book is a story of the producers’ part in the war [World War I]… A war-imposed secrecy has prevented aircraft makers from sharing with the public the drama of their effort. Now, however, the need for secrecy is past, and they can attempt a summing up of what they have done and experienced … The Annual is in some measure a history of aviation, both industrial and scientific, a repository of aeronautical information and an interpretation of aeronautical fact …” – Preface.

Aircraft Year Book 1920-1922

1920 Annual

1921 Annual

1922 Annual

Faurote, Fay L., ed.
Manufacturers Aircraft Association Dewey Dec. 654

These annual publications contain reports on continuing activities of each of about 15 aircraft manufacturing companies, and also chapters and appendices on many other topics. Some of the headings are:

1920 – Aircraft in Commerce, – Cross Country Flying and Landing Fields, – Convention Relating to International Air Navigation, – Technical Development of Balloons and Airships, 1914-1919, – Ground Courses and Flying Schools, – Aircraft Insurance

1921 – Aerial Transport , – New Marine Uses for Aircraft, – Aerial Photography, – Aircraft the New Vehicle for News Gathering, – Aeronautics in National Defense, – Graduates of Naval Academy who are also Naval Aviators

1922 – The Air Demonstrates its Command of the Sea, – Review of Aeronautics throughout the World, – Airships in Commerce, – Colleges and Schools offering Courses in Aeronautics, – Landing Fields and Air Terminals. History of flight book.

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The History of Aeronautics in Great Britain from the Earliest Times to the latter half of the Nineteenth Century

Hodgson, J. E.
London: Oxford University Press 1924

Flight history book.

Flying Machines: Construction and Operation/h3>

Jackman, William J.
Thompson 1910

Subtitle: “A practical book which shows in illustrations, working plans and text, how to build and navigate the modern airship”.

Flying Machines: Past, Present and Future

A popular account of flying machines, dirigible balloons and aeroplanes

Marshall, Alfred W.
Spon 1907

How to Build a 20-foot Biplane Glider

Morgan, Alfred Powell
Spon 1909

Detailed and reliable treatment in popular language for amateurs. Gives directions for materials and construction, explains the principles involved and illustrates each stage by diagrams. – A.L.A. Catalog 1904-1911. Gliders (Aeronautics).

Conquest of the Air; or, The Advent of Aerial Navigation

(Present day primers)

Rotch, Abbott Lawrence
Moffat 1909

Popular but scientifically exact account of aerial navigation, its history, present conditions and outlook. Instructive prefatory chapter on atmospheric conditions as affecting aeronautics. – A.L.A. Catalog 1904-1911.

Aviation in Canada, 1917-1918

Being a brief account of the work of the ROYAL AIR FORCE CANADA, the Aviation Department of the Imperial Munitions Board and the Canadian Aeroplanes Limited

Sullivan, Alan, LT. R.A.F., comp.
Toronto: Rous & Mann 1919


A History of Aeronautics

Vivian, E. Charles
NY: Harcourt, Brace 1921

Part I – The Evolution of the Aeroplane
Part II – 1903-1920: Progress in Design
Part III – Aerostatics
Part IV – Engine Development
A short bibliography.

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