Black Wings: Courageous Stories of African Americans in Aviation and Space History pdf epub fb2

Black Wings: Courageous Stories of African Americans in Aviation and Space History by Von Hardesty epub fb2 djvu

Author: Von Hardesty
Title: Black Wings: Courageous Stories of African Americans in Aviation and Space History
ISBN: 0061261386
ISBN13: 978-0061261381
Other Formats: azw mobi docx txt
Pages: 192 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian (January 22, 2008)
Language: English
Size EPUB version: 1814 kb
Size FB2 version: 1265 kb
Category: Engineering & Transportation
Subcategory: Transportation

Colin Powell once observed that "a dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work." This sentiment is mirrored dramatically in the story of African Americans in aerospace history.

The invention of the airplane in the first decade of the twentieth century sparked a revolution in modern technology. Aviation in the popular mind became associated with adventure and heroism. For African Americans, however, this new realm of human flight remained off-limits, a consequence of racial discrimination. Many African Americans displayed a keen interest in the new air age, but found themselves routinely barred from gaining training as pilots or mechanics. Beginning in the 1920s, a small and widely scattered group of black air enthusiasts challenged this prevailing pattern of racial discrimination. With no small amount of effort—and against formidable odds—they gained their pilot licenses and acquired the technical skills to become aircraft mechanics.

Over the course of the twentieth century and into the twenty-first, African Americans have expanded their participation in both military and civilian aviation and space flight, from the early pioneers and barnstormers through the Tuskegee airmen to Shuttle astronauts.

Featuring approximately two hundred historic and contemporary photographs and a lively narrative that spans eight decades of U.S. history, Black Wings offers a compelling overview of this extraordinary and inspiring saga.


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