Title: The How and Why Wonder Book of Flight
Author: Harold Joseph Highland
Illustrator: George J. Zaffo
Year: 1964 (First Edition)
Publisher: Transworld Publishers, Ltd.
Book Condition: Like New
Jacket Condition: N/A
Description: This rare title from the How and Why series explores humankind's fascination with flight. Beginning with the mythical Icarus and winged deities of ancient civilisations, the book takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the development of aircraft. From 17th Century balloons, and Da Vinci's ornithopter, to early 20th Century zeppelins; the Wright Brothers' Kitty Hawk to First World War bi-planes; early helicopters to the fighters and bombers from WWII; the supersonic X-15 and streamlined airliners of the jet-age; all the way through to spacecraft and missiles, this superb book provides a detailed insight into the wonderful world of flight. Instruments such as the altimeter, artificial horizon, air-speed indicator, and tachometer – to name but a few – are fully explained. As are the scientific concepts of jet propulsion (complete with diagrams of the ramjet and pulsejet) and the basic facts and theories of flight (e.g. thrust, drag, &c.).
Vivid, nostalgic, technicolour, sepia and b&w illustrations throughout.
Pictorial covers are in superb condition. Apart from some light tanning to the pages (standard fare in a paperback of this vintage), the book is effectively as new. The pages are crisp, bright, unmarked, and completely free from foxing.
Measures 27.5 cm × 20.5 cm (11″ × 8.2″). Large 4to. 48 pp.