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On Miniature Wings: Model Aircraft of the National Air and Space Museum

On Miniature Wings: Model Aircraft of the National Air and Space Museum (Hardback)

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Providing a brief introduction to the world of model aeroplanes, Thomas J. Dietz then goes on to present a selection of model aircraft from the National Air and Space Museum, at the Smithsonian Institute. Fourteen years before the Wright brothers' famous 1903 flight, Samuel P. Langley, then Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, acquired a model of John Stringfellow's triplane and began the museum's model aircraft collection. Since then the museum's curators and modellers worked to develop what has become one of the finest collections of model aircraft and spacecraft in the world, exhibited today in the National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. Most of the 3000 models are hidden away in the museum's research and storage areas but this book will take you on a guided tour of some of the collection's highlights, from the simple wooden flying toys of the nineteenth century to a recent ten foot model of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise which took its modeller more than a decade to complete. Containing over 150 full colour photographs the book offers a fact-filled introduction to the miniature world of aeromodelling.

(Location: USA) is a lifelong aviation enthusiast and modeller. Hhe served in the US Navy as an aviation electronics technician. Since then, he has contributed to exhibits on World War II air power and Cold War naval aviation. He is currently the Curatorial Assistant for Model Aircraft at the National Air and Space Museum.

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