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The Resource They sailed the skies : U.S. Navy balloons and the airship program, J. Gordon Vaeth

They sailed the skies : U.S. Navy balloons and the airship program, J. Gordon Vaeth

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They sailed the skies : U.S. Navy balloons and the airship program
Title
They sailed the skies
Title remainder
U.S. Navy balloons and the airship program
Statement of responsibility
J. Gordon Vaeth
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Between the two world wars, free ballooning was practiced for sport and science. Each year aeronauts - that is, lighter-than-air pilots - from the United States and Europe would compete in an international race to determine who could fly the farthest. The U.S. Navy eagerly participated in these events, and one of its officers, Thomas G. W. "Tex" Settle, would become world famous for his wins. The only airman in his time qualified to pilot a free balloon, a blimp, a glider, and an airplane, as well as to command a rigid airship, Settle was also the first American to fly a pressurized cabin into the stratosphere." "This book tells the story of Settle and Navy ballooning during the Golden Age of Flight against the backdrop of the American naval airship program. J. Gordon Vaeth captures the excitement, enthusiasm, and tragedies of this little-known aspect of naval aviation and the colorful personalities who pioneered the program. It is a story that lapses during the war years but resumes full force in the mid-1940s when two Lakehurst air station officers, Harris E. Smith and William J. Gunther, revived it with their flights. M. Lee Lewis and Malcolm D. Ross followed. Taking advantage of the new plastic balloon technology, they initiate a series of manned scientific flights into the stratosphere . For the armchair reader, the author vividly conveys what it was like to fly in all kinds of weather in a wicker basket suspended beneath a bag filled with flammable gas. An excellent collection of photographs illustrates the text."--BOOK JACKET
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269128
Cataloging source
DLC
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1921-2012
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Vaeth, J. Gordon
Dewey number
359.9/4/0973
Government publication
federal national government publication
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
UG1373
LC item number
.V34 2005
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • United States
  • United States
  • Balloons
  • Military airships
  • Aeronautics, Military
  • Armed Forces
  • Aeronautics, Military
  • Balloons
  • Military airships
  • United States
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U.S. Navy balloons and the airship program
Label
They sailed the skies : U.S. Navy balloons and the airship program, J. Gordon Vaeth
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 149-150) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1915-1918 -- Balloon racing resumes -- Lost in Canada -- "Let go!" -- Enter the rigids -- Thomas Greenhow Williams Settle -- Another Navy race -- Lightning and thunder -- The graf Zeppelin -- 1929 -- Akron and Macon -- The big win -- Highest aloft -- Finis for the rigids -- Farewell to racing -- 1935-1941 -- World War II -- Postwar
Control code
588562
Dimensions
27 cm
Extent
xii, 159 pages
Isbn
9781591149149
Lccn
2005018608
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781591149149
  • (OCoLC)61130646
Label
They sailed the skies : U.S. Navy balloons and the airship program, J. Gordon Vaeth
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 149-150) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1915-1918 -- Balloon racing resumes -- Lost in Canada -- "Let go!" -- Enter the rigids -- Thomas Greenhow Williams Settle -- Another Navy race -- Lightning and thunder -- The graf Zeppelin -- 1929 -- Akron and Macon -- The big win -- Highest aloft -- Finis for the rigids -- Farewell to racing -- 1935-1941 -- World War II -- Postwar
Control code
588562
Dimensions
27 cm
Extent
xii, 159 pages
Isbn
9781591149149
Lccn
2005018608
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781591149149
  • (OCoLC)61130646

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