Black Wings: Courageous Stories of African Americans in Aviation and Space History

4.75 avg rating
( 4 ratings by GoodReads )
 
9780061261381: Black Wings: Courageous Stories of African Americans in Aviation and Space History

Colin Powell once observed that "a dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work." This sentiment is mirrored dramatically in the story of African Americans in aerospace history.

The invention of the airplane in the first decade of the twentieth century sparked a revolution in modern technology. Aviation in the popular mind became associated with adventure and heroism. For African Americans, however, this new realm of human flight remained off-limits, a consequence of racial discrimination. Many African Americans displayed a keen interest in the new air age, but found themselves routinely barred from gaining training as pilots or mechanics. Beginning in the 1920s, a small and widely scattered group of black air enthusiasts challenged this prevailing pattern of racial discrimination. With no small amount of effort—and against formidable odds—they gained their pilot licenses and acquired the technical skills to become aircraft mechanics.

Over the course of the twentieth century and into the twenty-first, African Americans have expanded their participation in both military and civilian aviation and space flight, from the early pioneers and barnstormers through the Tuskegee airmen to Shuttle astronauts.

Featuring approximately two hundred historic and contemporary photographs and a lively narrative that spans eight decades of U.S. history, Black Wings offers a compelling overview of this extraordinary and inspiring saga.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Von Hardesty is currently a curator in the Division of Aeronautics at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. He has written a number of books, including Red Phoenix: The Rise of Soviet Air Power, 1941–1945; Lindbergh: Flight's Enigmatic Hero; Air Force One: The Aircraft that Shaped the Modern Presidency; Great Aviators and Epic Flights; and Epic Rivalry: The Inside Story of the Soviet and American Space Race. He lives in the metropolitan D.C. area.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Hardesty, Von
ISBN 10: 0061261386 ISBN 13: 9780061261381
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
BWB
(Valley Stream, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Depending on your location, this item may ship from the US or UK. Bookseller Inventory # 97800612613810000000

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 16.26
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Hardesty, Von
Published by Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN 10: 0061261386 ISBN 13: 9780061261381
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Collins Publishers. Book Condition: New. Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 0061261386

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 14.39
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.50
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Hardesty, Von
Published by Smithsonian
ISBN 10: 0061261386 ISBN 13: 9780061261381
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller
Movie Mars
(Indian Trail, NC, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Smithsonian. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0061261386 Brand New Book. Ships from the United States. 30 Day Satisfaction Guarantee!. Bookseller Inventory # 4711060

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 16.25
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Hardesty, Von
Published by HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States (2008)
ISBN 10: 0061261386 ISBN 13: 9780061261381
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States, 2008. Microfilm. Book Condition: New. 257 x 211 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. Colin Powell once observed that a dream doesn t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work. This sentiment is mirrored dramatically in the story of African Americans in aerospace history. The invention of the airplane in the first decade of the twentieth century sparked a revolution in modern technology. Aviation in the popular mind became associated with adventure and heroism. For African Americans, however, this new realm of human flight remained off-limits, a consequence of racial discrimination. Many African Americans displayed a keen interest in the new air age, but found themselves routinely barred from gaining training as pilots or mechanics. Beginning in the 1920s, a small and widely scattered group of black air enthusiasts challenged this prevailing pattern of racial discrimination. With no small amount of effort--and against formidable odds--they gained their pilot licenses and acquired the technical skills to become aircraft mechanics. Over the course of the twentieth century and into the twenty-first, African Americans have expanded their participation in both military and civilian aviation and space flight, from the early pioneers and barnstormers through the Tuskegee airmen to Shuttle astronauts. Featuring approximately two hundred historic and contemporary photographs and a lively narrative that spans eight decades of U.S. history, Black Wings offers a compelling overview of this extraordinary and inspiring saga. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780061261381

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 24.30
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Hardesty, Von
Published by Smithsonian (2008)
ISBN 10: 0061261386 ISBN 13: 9780061261381
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Smithsonian, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0061261386

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 26.83
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Hardesty, Von
Published by HarperCollins Publishers Inc
ISBN 10: 0061261386 ISBN 13: 9780061261381
New Quantity Available: 9
Seller
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Inc. Microfilm. Book Condition: new. BRAND NEW, Black Wings: Courageous Stories of African Americans in Aviation and Space History, Von Hardesty, Colin Powell once observed that "a dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work." This sentiment is mirrored dramatically in the story of African Americans in aerospace history. The invention of the airplane in the first decade of the twentieth century sparked a revolution in modern technology. Aviation in the popular mind became associated with adventure and heroism. For African Americans, however, this new realm of human flight remained off-limits, a consequence of racial discrimination. Many African Americans displayed a keen interest in the new air age, but found themselves routinely barred from gaining training as pilots or mechanics. Beginning in the 1920s, a small and widely scattered group of black air enthusiasts challenged this prevailing pattern of racial discrimination. With no small amount of effort--and against formidable odds--they gained their pilot licenses and acquired the technical skills to become aircraft mechanics. Over the course of the twentieth century and into the twenty-first, African Americans have expanded their participation in both military and civilian aviation and space flight, from the early pioneers and barnstormers through the Tuskegee airmen to Shuttle astronauts. Featuring approximately two hundred historic and contemporary photographs and a lively narrative that spans eight decades of U.S. history, "Black Wings" offers a compelling overview of this extraordinary and inspiring saga. Bookseller Inventory # B9780061261381

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 19.83
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 7.35
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Hardesty, Von
Published by HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States (2008)
ISBN 10: 0061261386 ISBN 13: 9780061261381
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States, 2008. Microfilm. Book Condition: New. 257 x 211 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. Colin Powell once observed that a dream doesn t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work. This sentiment is mirrored dramatically in the story of African Americans in aerospace history. The invention of the airplane in the first decade of the twentieth century sparked a revolution in modern technology. Aviation in the popular mind became associated with adventure and heroism. For African Americans, however, this new realm of human flight remained off-limits, a consequence of racial discrimination. Many African Americans displayed a keen interest in the new air age, but found themselves routinely barred from gaining training as pilots or mechanics. Beginning in the 1920s, a small and widely scattered group of black air enthusiasts challenged this prevailing pattern of racial discrimination. With no small amount of effort--and against formidable odds--they gained their pilot licenses and acquired the technical skills to become aircraft mechanics. Over the course of the twentieth century and into the twenty-first, African Americans have expanded their participation in both military and civilian aviation and space flight, from the early pioneers and barnstormers through the Tuskegee airmen to Shuttle astronauts. Featuring approximately two hundred historic and contemporary photographs and a lively narrative that spans eight decades of U.S. history, Black Wings offers a compelling overview of this extraordinary and inspiring saga. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780061261381

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 29.90
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Hardesty, Von
Published by Smithsonian (2008)
ISBN 10: 0061261386 ISBN 13: 9780061261381
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Smithsonian, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0061261386

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 27.84
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Hardesty, Von
Published by Collins (2008)
ISBN 10: 0061261386 ISBN 13: 9780061261381
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Collins, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. first edition ~1st printing edition. 192 pages. 10.25x8.25x0.75 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # z-0061261386

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 32.81
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 7.43
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Hardesty, Von
Published by Smithsonian (2008)
ISBN 10: 0061261386 ISBN 13: 9780061261381
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 3
Seller
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Smithsonian, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110061261386

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 47.74
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book