Glenn Curtiss: Pioneer Of Aviation

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A classic biography returns to print after 60 years!
Although the Wright Brothers are remembered for performing the first human flight, Glenn Curtiss stands as the most important aviator in American history. Like his friend Alexander Graham Bell, Curtiss was a master inventor as well as a daredevil. He won the first airplane race in history (the 1909 Gordon Bennett Cup), and he was the first pilot to take off from and land an airplane on the deck of a ship. He invented the twin flying boat, which became a mainstay for the Allies during the First World War, and his NC-4 Flying Boat performed the first transatlantic flight in 1919―eight years before Charles Lindbergh’s flight. Curtiss planes eventually trained 95 percent of all American pilots in the first half of the 20th century. Fans of aviation, history and compelling biographies of famous Americans such as Howard Hughes will be delighted to read about Glenn Curtiss.

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Glenn Hammond Curtiss was the most important figure in the development of naval aviation - if not aviation, period - in the United States. Both a thrill-seeker and a mechanical genius, he began his career as a bicycle maker and then went on to become the world's number-one manufacturer of high-performance motorcycles. In 1903 he became the first American Motorcycle Champion; the following year he earned the title "Fastest Man on Earth" by setting the ten-mile world speed record.Looking for a new challenge, Curtiss began to build lightweight aeronautical motors and propellers, and Alexander Graham Bell convinced him to join his Aerial Experiment Association. Working with AEA, Curtiss designed the "June Bug," which performed the first publicly viewed airplane flight in America. In 1909 he defeated the greatest fliers in the world and won the first airplane race in history, the Gordon Bennett Trophy, for America. Perhaps most important, he convinced the U.S. Navy of the importance of naval aviation. Curtiss' planes performed the first landing on and takeoff from the deck of a ship. Curtiss invented the twin flying boat, which became a mainstay of both American and British navies in WWI. His Curtiss "Jenny" set the standard for WWI aircraft, and his giant NC-4 "Flying Boat" crossed the Atlantic eight years before Charles Lindbergh's celebrated flight. In this classic title, Alden Hatch offers the biography of one of the most influential men in twentieth-century American technology.

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Alden Hatch was a prolific author of biographies for a popular audience, including biographies of FDR and Dwight Eisenhower.

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