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Planes: From the Wright Brothers to the Supersonic Jet by Jan van der Veken

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  • fascinating encyclopedic guide to the history and mechanics of flight, from the Wright Brothers to the Concorde
  • gorgeously illustrated history of planes and flight
  • opens with a basic introduction to plane anatomy and shows how aircrafts have developed over the ages
  • profiles of famous historic planes illustrate basic principles throughout the book
  • readers will find out about record-breaking flights across continents and oceans; how "flying wings" evolved into the B-2 bomber; and where the world's most treacherous runways are located
  • a section on experimental aircraft looks at zeppelins, flying cars, and the fate of the Concorde jet
  • lushly colored, retro drawings detail everything from plane design to the physics of flight and provide the perfect companion to his engaging text
  • ages 8-12 years
  • hardcover, 104 pages
  • dimensions:  9.30 x 11.10 x 0.70 inches