Aviation History, by Anne Millbrooke

Aviation History

by Anne Millbrooke

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Aviation History, by Anne Millbrooke is a beautifully done full color book that gives new and experienced pilots a unique perspective on international aviation history.

Each of ten chapters is packed with information containing historic photographs and color graphics. Aviation History explores the question "What is Aviation" by following the world of flying from its birth in Annonay, France to today's accomplishments in space.

Through personal profiles, you meet the people who made significant contributions to aviation. You explore the historical evidence and see how historians use the artifacts of aviation to confirm what happened. A bibliography and timeline are included.

Updated with 170 pages of revised content, this edition places you in the time period and gives you first hand accounts by the people who were there. Each event is viewed in the historical context of the economic, political, social, and cultural impact. Personal profiles let readers get to know the pioneers who shaped aviation. Historical notes and events, graphs, timelines, and more than 800 photos and illustrations aid in understanding. Study questions along with bibliographies at the end of each chapter make review easier.


  • Early Aviation, 1783-1914
    • invention of aviation; balloons; dirigibles; airships
  • The Wright Brothers, 1896-1914
    • heavier than air; Wright brothers; Wright patent; Wright airplanes
  • Early Flight, 1904-1914
    • airplanes and airmen in Europe; American developments; flying competitions; aviation industry
  • World War I, 1914-1019
    • airships, dirigibles, and balloons; military airplanes; aircraft production; armistice and peace
  • Peacetime Aviation, 1919-1927
    • distance flying; airships; barnstorming and competing; airlines and airmail
  • Golden Age, 1927-1939
    • Charles Lindbergh; adventure and sport; commercial airlines; aviation radio; military aviation
  • World War II, 1939-1945
    • emergency and response; military R&D; western air war; pacific air war
  • Cold War, 1945-1958
    • resumption of civil aviation; commercial aviation; hot spots; rockets & missiles
  • Space Age Aviation, 1959-1989
    • space race; jet age; cold war continues; private & general aviation
  • Modern Aerospace, 1990-
    • general and commercial aviation; military aerospace; space exploration; future of aviation
  • Appendices
    • aviation firsts
    • the Wright patent
    • space flights
    • picture credits

About the Author
Anne Millbrooke was born in western Oregon and raised on the coast of Washington state. She went east to college, first to Boise State College in Idaho for a bachelor's degree, then to the University of Wisconsin at Madison for a master's degree, and finally to the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia for her doctorate, all degrees in history, specializing in the history of science and technology. She spent a decade in the corporate world; taught at universities in Alaska, Connecticut, and Montana; and wrote an award-winning Aviation History textbook (of that title). The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics presented her the Gardner-Lasser Aerospace History Literature Award for Aviation History, which also received recognition from the Society for Technical Communication. Along the way, she has won Mellon, Smithsonian, National Science Foundation, and NASA fellowships. She lives in Montana.


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