Quest for Flight: John J. Montgomery and the Dawn of Aviation in the West

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9780806142647: Quest for Flight: John J. Montgomery and the Dawn of Aviation in the West

Winner of the Regional Literature Award (Great Southwest Book Festival: 2014) and the PIP Award for "ground breaking research" through the Save Our Heritage Organisation of San Diego. Nominated for the Gardner-Lasser History Literature Award (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2014), as well as the Joseph C. Lincoln Award (Harris Hill Soaring Association). Quest for Flight has been praised in; Technology and Culture (Project Muse), Journal of the West, CHOICE Magazine, Chronicle of Higher Education, Library Journal, and comes highly recommended in the 2013 University Press Books Selected for Public and Secondary School Libraries (American Association of University Presses: AAUP), and is recommended in the Pacific Historical Review (AHA) and Western Historical Quarterly. In 2013 the manuscript upon which the book was based was nominated for the AIAA History Manuscript Award (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics).__________________________________________________________________________
The Wright brothers have long received the lion's share of credit for inventing the airplane. But a California scientist succeeded in flying gliders twenty years before the Wright's powered flights at Kitty Hawk in 1903. Quest for Flight reveals the amazing accomplishments of John J. Montgomery, a prolific inventor who piloted the glider he designed in 1883 in the first controlled flights of a heavier-than-air craft in the Western Hemisphere.
Re-examining the history of American aviation, Craig S. Harwood and Gary B. Fogel present the story of human efforts to take to the skies. They show that history's nearly exclusive focus on two brothers resulted from a lengthy public campaign the Wrights waged to profit from their aeroplane patent and create a monopoly in aviation. Countering the aspersions cast on Montgomery and his work, Harwood and Fogel build a solidly documented case for Montgomery's pioneering role in aeronautical innovation.
As a scientist researching the laws of flight, Montgomery invented basic methods of aircraft control and stability, refined his theories in aerodynamics over decades of research, and brought widespread attention to aviation by staging public demonstrations of his gliders. After his first flights near San Diego in the 1880s, his pursuit continued through a series of glider designs. These experiments culminated in 1905 with controlled flights in Northern California using tandem-wing Montgomery gliders launched from balloons. These flights reached the highest altitudes yet attained, demonstrated the effectiveness of Montgomery's designs, and helped change society's attitude toward what was considered "the impossible art" of aerial navigation.
Inventors and aviators working west of the Mississippi at the turn of the twentieth century have not received the recognition they deserve. Harwood and Fogel place Montgomery's story and his exploits in the broader context of western aviation and science, shedding new light on the reasons that California was the epicenter of the American aviation industry from the very beginning.

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Our purpose in writing this book was 1) to define John J. Montgomery in history, and 2) redirect the focus of traditional American aviation historical narratives (geographically speaking) from the east to the west to show that California based men and women made pioneering contributions in the aerial fields (aeroplanes, ballooning and airships) around the turn of the nineteenth century. Quest For Flight sheds light on, and celebrates the story of a lone inventor who accomplished the seemingly impossible and shared it with the public thereby inspiring a generation of Americans to take to the skies. Another intriguing aspect of the narrative of Quest For Flight is how it draws out of obscurity the role that women played in this visionary field of aeronautics and the resulting impact it had on societal attitudes toward women engaged in a male dominated and high risk field.
Quest For Flight represents a unique aspect of the history of the American West and a revisionist history of American aviation. 

About the Author:

Craig S. Harwood is the great-great-grandson of Zachariah Montgomery, John J. Montgomery’s father. A native Californian, he is an engineering geologist with twenty years’ experience as a technical writer.

Gary B. Fogel,a native of San Diego, is CEO of Natural Selection, Inc., a computer science firm, and the author of Wind and Wings: The History of Soaring in San Diego.

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Descripción University of Oklahoma Press, United States, 2012. Hardback. Estado de conservación: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. The Wright brothers have long received the lion s share of credit for inventing the airplane. But a California scientist succeeded in flying gliders twenty years before the Wright s powered flights at Kitty Hawk in 1903. Quest for Flight reveals the amazing accomplishments of John J. Montgomery, a prolific inventor who piloted the glider he designed in 1883 in the first controlled flights of a heavier-than-air craft in the Western Hemisphere. Re-examining the history of American aviation, Craig S. Harwood and Gary B. Fogel present the story of human efforts to take to the skies. They show that history s nearly exclusive focus on two brothers resulted from a lengthy public campaign the Wrights waged to profit from their aeroplane patent and create a monopoly in aviation. Countering the aspersions cast on Montgomery and his work, Harwood and Fogel build a solidly documented case for Montgomery s pioneering role in aeronautical innovation. As a scientist researching the laws of flight, Montgomery invented basic methods of aircraft control and stability, refined his theories in aerodynamics over decades of research, and brought widespread attention to aviation by staging public demonstrations of his gliders. After his first flights near San Diego in the 1880s, his pursuit continued through a series of glider designs. These experiments culminated in 1905 with controlled flights in Northern California using tandem-wing Montgomery gliders launched from balloons. These flights reached the highest altitudes yet attained, demonstrated the effectiveness of Montgomery s designs, and helped change society s attitude toward what was considered -the impossible art- of aerial navigation. Inventors and aviators working west of the Mississippi at the turn of the twentieth century have not received the recognition they deserve. Harwood and Fogel place Montgomery s story and his exploits in the broader context of western aviation and science, shedding new light on the reasons that California was the epicenter of the American aviation industry from the very beginning. Nº de ref. de la librería AAS9780806142647

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Descripción University of Oklahoma Press, United States, 2012. Hardback. Estado de conservación: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. The Wright brothers have long received the lion s share of credit for inventing the airplane. But a California scientist succeeded in flying gliders twenty years before the Wright s powered flights at Kitty Hawk in 1903. Quest for Flight reveals the amazing accomplishments of John J. Montgomery, a prolific inventor who piloted the glider he designed in 1883 in the first controlled flights of a heavier-than-air craft in the Western Hemisphere. Re-examining the history of American aviation, Craig S. Harwood and Gary B. Fogel present the story of human efforts to take to the skies. They show that history s nearly exclusive focus on two brothers resulted from a lengthy public campaign the Wrights waged to profit from their aeroplane patent and create a monopoly in aviation. Countering the aspersions cast on Montgomery and his work, Harwood and Fogel build a solidly documented case for Montgomery s pioneering role in aeronautical innovation. As a scientist researching the laws of flight, Montgomery invented basic methods of aircraft control and stability, refined his theories in aerodynamics over decades of research, and brought widespread attention to aviation by staging public demonstrations of his gliders. After his first flights near San Diego in the 1880s, his pursuit continued through a series of glider designs. These experiments culminated in 1905 with controlled flights in Northern California using tandem-wing Montgomery gliders launched from balloons. These flights reached the highest altitudes yet attained, demonstrated the effectiveness of Montgomery s designs, and helped change society s attitude toward what was considered -the impossible art- of aerial navigation. Inventors and aviators working west of the Mississippi at the turn of the twentieth century have not received the recognition they deserve. Harwood and Fogel place Montgomery s story and his exploits in the broader context of western aviation and science, shedding new light on the reasons that California was the epicenter of the American aviation industry from the very beginning. Nº de ref. de la librería AAS9780806142647

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