The Enterprise of Flight: The American Aviation and Aerospace Industry

The Enterprise of Flight: The American Aviation and Aerospace Industry

by Roger E. Bilstein


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The Enterprise of Flight is a highly praised contribution to the literature on American aviation and space exploration history. In a new introduction for this paperback edition, Roger E. Bilstein explains how international competition has affected American aerospace and airline manufacturers and updates the ongoing controversy over the high cost of military aircraft such as the F-12 Raptor.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781560989646
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press
Publication date: 09/17/2001
Series: Smithsonian History of Aviation and Spaceflight Series Series
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Roger E. Bilstein is Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. He is the author of seven previous books on aviation and the aerospace industry.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 1. The Flamboyant Years, 1900-1919 Chapter 3 2. Outlines of an Industry, 1919-1933 Chapter 4 3. Aviation and Airpower, 1933-1945 Chapter 5 4. Cold War Responses, 1945-1969 Chapter 6 5. Rockets and Space, 1926-1969 Chapter 7 6. Airlines and Light Planes, 1945-1969 Chapter 8 7. Changing Horizons, 1970s/1980s Chapter 9 8. Global Perspectives, 1980s/1990s Chapter 10 9. Twenty-First-Century Transitions Chapter 11 Appendix Chapter 12 Chronology

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