The Curtiss Aviation Book


Read by Maria Kasper

(4.5 stars; 10 reviews)

Glenn Hammond Curtiss, of Hammondsport, New York, won the Scientific American Trophy for the first pre-announced and officially witnessed airplane flight in North America when he flew his plane, the June Bug, 5,080 ft on July 4, 1908. In 1910, he was awarded permanent possession of that trophy when he made the first successful long-distance flight, 147 miles from Albany to New York City. He was the holder of the first US pilots' license ever issued, and opened the first flying school in the US. During WWI, most US military pilots got their training on the Curtiss JN-4, popularly nicknamed the "Jenny". Curtiss earned the title of "Father of Naval Aviation" when he developed the first hydroplanes and the first system for planes to take off and land on carrier ships at sea. In 1912, he co-authored the Curtiss Aviation Book with fellow aviation pioneer Augustus Post, detailing his early flights at Hammondsport, and discussing the state of aviation technology as it stood at that time. The book also includes three chapters on specialized uses of the aeroplane, by Paul Beck, Theodore Ellyson, and Hugh Robinson. (Maria Kasper) (7 hr 14 min)

Chapters

Pt 1 Ch 1 - The Coming Airmen, an Introductory Chapter 7:34 Read by Maria Kasper
Pt 1 Ch 2 - Boyhood Days 14:50 Read by Maria Kasper
Pt 1 Ch 3 - Building Motors and Motorcycle Racing 16:40 Read by Maria Kasper
Pt 1 Ch 4 - Baldwin's Balloon 7:29 Read by Maria Kasper
Pt 2 Ch 1 - Beginning to Fly 6:28 Read by Maria Kasper
Pt 2 Ch 2 - First Flights 14:41 Read by Maria Kasper
Pt 2 Ch 3 - The June Bug - First Flights for Scientific American Trophy - First… 9:30 Read by Maria Kasper
Pt 2 Ch 4 - First Flights in New York City 6:27 Read by Maria Kasper
Pt 3 Ch 1 - The Rheims Meet - First International Aeroplane Contest 21:55 Read by Maria Kasper
Pt 3 Ch 2 - Hudson-Fulton Celebration - First American International Meet, Los … 16:52 Read by Maria Kasper
Pt 3 Ch 3 - Flight Down the Hudson River from Albany to New York City 34:00 Read by Maria Kasper
Pt 3 Ch 4 - Beginning of the Hydroaeroplane 26:07 Read by Maria Kasper
Pt 3 Ch 5 - Developing the Hydroaeroplane at San Diego - The Hydro of Summer 19… 32:40 Read by Maria Kasper
Pt 4 Ch 1 - Aeroplane Speed of the Future 18:58 Read by Maria Kasper
Pt 4 Ch 2 - Future Surprises of the Aeroplane - Hunting, Travel, Mail, Wireless… 30:36 Read by Maria Kasper
Pt 4 Ch 3 - The Future of the Hydro 9:08 Read by Maria Kasper
Pt 4 Ch 4 - Future Problems of Aviation 17:40 Read by Maria Kasper
Pt 4 Ch 5 - The Aeroplane as Applied to the Army 22:19 Read by Maria Kasper
Pt 4 Ch 6 - The Aeroplane for the Navy 11:51 Read by Maria Kasper
Pt 4 Ch 7 - Gliding and Cycle-Sailing, a Future Sport for Boys, the Airmen of T… 8:53 Read by Maria Kasper
Pt 5 -Ch 1 - Teaching Aviators - How an Aviator Flies 27:57 Read by Maria Kasper
Pt 5 Ch 2 - Aviation for Amateurs 13:34 Read by Maria Kasper
Pt 5 Ch 3 - How it Feels to Fly 15:09 Read by Maria Kasper
Pt 5 Ch 4 - Operating a Hydroaeroplane 8:50 Read by Maria Kasper
Pt 6 Ch 1 - Pupils 9:56 Read by Maria Kasper
Pt 6 Ch 2 - A Description of the Curtiss Biplane 8:45 Read by Maria Kasper
Pt 6 Ch 3 - The Curtiss Motor and Factory 15:42 Read by Maria Kasper

Reviews

sorry, it's the voice


(1.5 stars)

unfortunately the narrator's voice is grating