Invention of Airplane Merchandise
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Locomotive to Aeromotive: Octave
Chanute and the Transportation Revolution by Simine Short
Drawing upon decades of research, Simine Short has written the definitive biography of Octave Chanute.
"French-born and self-trained civil engineer Octave Chanute designed America's two
largest stockyards, created innovative and influential structures such as the Kansas
City Bridge over the previously "unbridgeable" Missouri River, and was a passionate
aviation pioneer whose collaborative approach to aeronautical engineering problems
helped the Wright brothers take flight. Drawing on a rich trove of archival material and
exclusive family sources, Locomotive to Aeromotive is the first detailed examination
of Chanute's life and his immeasurable contributions to the fields of engineering and
transportation, from the ground transportation revolution of the mid-nineteenth century
to the early days of aviation."
University of Illinois Press (800) 621-2736. Available August 2011
Kitty Hawk: The Wright Brothers' Journey
The wait is over! Finally there is a first-class documentary on the Wright
brothers and the invention of the airplane. I've seen the documentary,
and the producer/director David Garrigus
did an outstanding job. Buy your personal copy of Kitty
Hawk: The Wright Brothers' Journey of Invention, and be the envy of everyone
in your neighborhood!
The documentary is a visual feast. Not only are innumerable photographs
included, Garrigus has also incorporated contemporary reconstructions
of Wright craft in flight, 3-D models of important phenomena, and narration
by astronauts Neil Armstrong and John Glenn. Garrigus also relied on many
expert aviation historians, including Drs. Tom Crouch and Peter Jakab
of the Smithsonian, and noted biographers Fred Howard and James Tobin.
||Kitty Hawk: The Wright Brothers' Journey of Invention on DVD or
Call Toll-Free 1-877-821-5326
Only $19.95 plus $5 shipping & handling
Texas residents add 8.25% tax ($1.65) per order.
Wright Brothers Lithographs
The Festival of
Flight Gift Shop has some handsome lithographs of Wright craft in
flight. These have been restored from their damaged condition and look
"We are proud to offer these historic lithographs. The original
photos were taken 100 years ago with the Wright Brother's own camera.
They have been restored to their original pristine state and printed
in an archival four-color process on acid-free matte paper. Each
lithograph print is 12" x 16" with an image area of 8
1/4" x 11", and includes a "shadow box" pseudo-matte
printed right on the lithograph making matting optional. Just
$18 each or a set of four for $65. S&H add $7.50 for one print.
$10.50 up to 4 prints."
Please contact us directly with questions or to place orders
Call or Fax: (910) 235-9234
Please feel free to send orders by email. We will reply with a listing
of your payment options and the total order price including
|Important Historical Books
Publishers has released reprint editions of several important
historical sources. These include the English version of Birdflight
as the Basis of Aviation, The Aeronautical Annual for 1895, 1896,
and 1897, and a volume I am not familiar with, Those Magnificent
First Flying Machines. My copies are all on order! Buy yours from
|Free Paper Model |
A company called "Fiddlers'
Green" has some paper models of the Chanute
Hang Glider, the 1902
Wright Glider, the 1903
Wright Flyer with catapult and workshop, and the Bleriot
XI Channel Crosser. On the way are the Vin Fiz Wright model B Transcontinental
Flyer and the 1895 Lilienthal Hang Glider. The 1902
glider model is free!
Editor's note: I've run across some interesting products that people may be
interested in. Please note that I don't sell this stuff. If you want me to list
something, send email to glb2ATra.msstate.edu. If I feel it is appropriate,
I'll include it in my next update.