This exciting new coloring book - the first of its kind - chronicles the amazing story of man-made flying machines. A.G. Smith's carefully rendered illustrations trace the history of aircraft, beginning with Leonardo da Vinci's design for the wing-flapping ornithopter, continuing with 18th century hot air balloons and 19th century dirigibles, and concluding with such 20th century heavier than air craft as helicopters, military jet fighters and the space shuttle.
Forty-seven precise line drawings include: the history making Wright Brothers' Flyer (1903); the spunky World War II British Spitfire; the Messerschmitt ME 262A, the first German jet (1945); the Bell X-1, the first manned aircraft to exceed the speed of sound (1947); and the Concorde Supersonic Transport, developed jointly by the French and English (1969). An informative caption describes each craft - its innovative design, functions and military or historic role.
Educational as well as entertaining, this well-researched pictorial display is sure to please colorists of all ages as certainly as it will thrill anyone fascinated with man's conquest of the air. 47 black and white illustrations on 44 plates. Several color illustrations on covers. 48 pages. Softcover.