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Aviation History

There are records of early short-distance glider flights from the 10th and 11th centuries and possibly earlier human-carrying kites from China, but practical human aviation (trips lasting more than a few seconds) began on November 21, 1783, with the first untethered human flight in a hot air balloon designed by the Montgolfier brothers. A little over a century later, on December 17, 1903, the Wright brothers flew the first successful powered, heavier-than-air flight, though their aircraft was impractical to fly for more than a short distance because of control problems. The widespread adoption of ailerons made aircraft much easier to manage, and only a decade later, at the start of World War I, heavier-than-air powered aircraft had become practical for reconnaissance, artillery spotting, and even attacks against ground positions.

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Amelia Earhart - Coloring Book
by Muriel Earhart Morrissey
from Bellerophon Books
for 3rd-7th grade
in Biographies (Location: A12-01A)
Amelia Earhart: Young Aviator
Childhood of Famous Americans
by Beatrice Gormley
from Aladdin Paperbacks
Biography for 3rd-6th grade
in Childhood of Famous Americans (Location: A12-07D)
Aviation
Perspectives on History Series
by William Coleman & Pat Perrin, editors
from History Compass
Non-fiction for 6th-9th grade
in Aviation History (Location: B02-00A)
Avion My Uncle Flew
by Cyrus Fisher
from Scholastic Inc.
for 5th-7th grade
in Historical Fiction (Location: A05-01A)
B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber
by Ole Steen Hansen
from Capstone Press
for 2nd-5th grade
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ACL-HIS)
Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.: American
by Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.
1st edition from Smithsonian Books
for 9th-Adult
in Clearance: Biographies (Location: A12-05)
Black Eagles
by Jim Haskins
from Scholastic Inc.
for 4th-8th grade
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ACL-HIS)
Charles A. Lindbergh
by James Cross Giblin
from Clarion Books
Biography for 5th-8th grade
in Clearance: Biographies (Location: A12-05)
Choppers!
Step into Reading Level 4
by Susan E. Goodman
from Random House
for Grades 2-3
in Step into Reading (Location: CPB-05D)
Code Name Verity
by Elizabeth Wein
from Hyperion/Madison Press
for 9th-12th grade
in Historical Fiction (Location: A05-01A)
Countdown to Flight!
by Steve Engleheart
from Avon Books
for 4th-7th grade
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ACL-HIS)
Desert Storm: Air War
by Robert F. Dorr
from Motorbooks International
for 5th-Adult
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ACL-HIS)
Dial-a-Plane
by Michael Teitelbaum
from Unknown Publisher
for 4th-8th grade
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ACL-HIS)
DK Eyewitness: Flying Machine
DK Eyewitness Series
by Andrew Nahum
from DK Publishing
History Reference for 4th-8th grade
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ACL-HIS)
DK Flying Machine
by Andrew Nahum
from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
for 4th-6th grade
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ACL-HIS)
Famous Women Aviators - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by LaFontaine, Bruce
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
Fighter Planes
by Mairi MacKinnon
from Usborne
for 4th-8th grade
in Aviation History (Location: B02-00A)
First Flight
DK Eyewitness Readers Level 4
by Caryn Jenner
from DK Children
in DK Readers (Location: CPB-05D)
Flight
by Robert Burleigh
from Philomel Books
for Preschool- 3rd Grade
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ACL-HIS)
Fly High!
by Louise Borden, Mary Kay Kroeger
from Margaret K. McElderry Books
for 4th-6th grade
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ACL-HIS)
Flyboys
by James Bradley
2nd edition from Back Bay Books
for 10th grade-adult
in History for Adults (Location: CLT-HIS)
Flying Aces of World War I
World Landmark #60
by Gene Gurney
from Random House
for 5th-9th grade
in World Landmark Books (Location: A10-04D)
Glorious Flight
by Martin & Alice Provensen
from Puffin Books
Historical Non-Fiction/Picture Books for 1st-3rd grade
1984 Caldecott Medal winner
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
History of Dive Bombing
by Peter C. Smith
from Nautical & Aviation Publishing Company
for 9th-Adult
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ACL-HIS)
History of Flight - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by A. G. Smith
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
Importance of Charles Lindbergh
by Andy Koopmans
1st edition from Lucent Press
for 5th-8th grade
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ACL-HIS)
Lighter than Air
by David Owen
from Chartwell Books
for 7th-Adult
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ACL-HIS)
Lindbergh
by Chris L. Demarest
from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
for Preschool-1st grade
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ACL-HIS)
Lindbergh Alone
by Brendan Gill
from Harcourt, Brace & World
for 4th-9th grade
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ACL-HIS)
Lost Star
by Patricia Lauber
from Scholastic Inc.
for 4th-6th grade
in Clearance: Biographies (Location: A12-05)
Modern Fighters to Color, Cut Out & Fly
by Nick Taylor
from Bellerophon Books
for 2nd-5th grade
in Aviation History (Location: B02-00A)
On the Wings of Heroes
by Richard Peck
from Puffin Books
for 4th-6th grade
in Historical Fiction (Location: A05-01A)
Orville Wright
Heroes of History
by Geoff & Janet Benge
from Emerald Books
Biography for 4th-7th grade
in Heroes of History (Location: A12-06D)
Phonics Museum Reader #16
by Tom Garfield
from Veritas Press
for Kindergarten-2nd grade
in Veritas Press Phonics Museum (Location: B09-04B)
Planes
Usborne Beginners
by Fiona Patchett
from Usborne
for 1st-2nd grade
in Usborne Beginners (Location: CPB-05B)
Spirit of St. Louis
by Charles A. Lindbergh
from Charles Scribner's Sons
Biography for 8th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: CLT-20C)
Spitfire
by Robert Jackson
First edition. from Airlife
for 8th-Adult
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ACL-HIS)
Stealth Aircraft
by Bill Sweetman
from Motorbooks International
for 7th-12th grade
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ACL-HIS)
Story of Amelia Earhart
Signature Books #33
by Adele de Leeuw
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 5th-8th grade
in Grosset & Dunlap Signature Books (Location: A10-04F)
Story of Flight
by Judith Rinard
from Firefly Books
for 4th-6th grade
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ACL-HIS)
Story of Flight
from Scholastic Inc.
for 1st-5th grade
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ACL-HIS)
Story of the Flight at Kitty Hawk
by Len W. Meents, R. Conrad Stein
from Children's Press
for Preschool-3rd Grade
in Aviation History (Location: B02-00A)
Story of the Spirit of St. Louis
Cornerstones of Freedom
by R. Conrad Stein
from Children's Press
for 2nd-5th grade
in Aviation History (Location: B02-00A)
Story of the Wright Brothers - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Bruce LaFontaine
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
Story of the Wright Brothers and Their Sister
by Lois Mills
from Christian Liberty Press
for 3rd grade
in CLP Phonics & Reading (Location: B09-03C)
Twelve Seconds to the Moon
by Rosamond Young & Catharine Fitzgerald
2 Rev Sub from Air Force Museum Foundation, Inc.
for 7th-Adult
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ACL-HIS)
Warriors Without Weapons
by John W. Casey
from Premier Publishing
for 9th-12th grade
in Aviation History (Location: B02-00A)
We Were There at the First Airplane Flight
We Were There #28
by Felix Sutton
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 5th-9th grade
in We Were There Series (Location: A10-04G)
We Were There at the First Airplane Flight
by Felix Sutton
Reprint from Dover Publications
for 5th-9th grade
in Historical Fiction (Location: A05-01A)
We Were There with the Lafayette Escadrille
We Were There #33
by Clayton Knight & Katherine Sturges Knight
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 5th-9th grade
in We Were There Series (Location: A10-04G)
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