Empires of the Sky

Empires of the Sky

The Golden Age of Aviation is brought to life in this story of the giant Zeppelin airships that once roamed the sky—a story that ended with the fiery destruction of the Hindenburg. “Genius . . . a definitive tale of an incredible time ...

Author: Alexander Rose

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9780812989991

Category: History

Page: 624

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The Golden Age of Aviation is brought to life in this story of the giant Zeppelin airships that once roamed the sky—a story that ended with the fiery destruction of the Hindenburg. “Genius . . . a definitive tale of an incredible time when mere mortals learned to fly.”—Keith O’Brien, The New York Times At the dawn of the twentieth century, when human flight was still considered an impossibility, Germany’s Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin vied with the Wright Brothers to build the world’s first successful flying machine. As the Wrights labored to invent the airplane, Zeppelin fathered the remarkable airship, sparking a bitter rivalry between the two types of aircraft and their innovators that would last for decades, in the quest to control one of humanity’s most inspiring achievements. And it was the airship—not the airplane—that led the way. In the glittery 1920s, the count’s brilliant protégé, Hugo Eckener, achieved undreamed-of feats of daring and skill, including the extraordinary Round-the-World voyage of the Graf Zeppelin. At a time when America’s airplanes—rickety deathtraps held together by glue, screws, and luck—could barely make it from New York to Washington, D.C., Eckener’s airships serenely traversed oceans without a single crash, fatality, or injury. What Charles Lindbergh almost died doing—crossing the Atlantic in 1927—Eckener had effortlessly accomplished three years before the Spirit of St. Louis even took off. Even as the Nazis sought to exploit Zeppelins for their own nefarious purposes, Eckener built his masterwork, the behemoth Hindenburg—a marvel of design and engineering. Determined to forge an airline empire under the new flagship, Eckener met his match in Juan Trippe, the ruthlessly ambitious king of Pan American Airways, who believed his fleet of next-generation planes would vanquish Eckener’s coming airship armada. It was a fight only one man—and one technology—could win. Countering each other’s moves on the global chessboard, each seeking to wrest the advantage from his rival, the struggle for mastery of the air was a clash not only of technologies but of business, diplomacy, politics, personalities, and the two men’s vastly different dreams of the future. Empires of the Sky is the sweeping, untold tale of the duel that transfixed the world and helped create our modern age.
Categories: History

Empire of the Sky

Empire of the Sky

Author: Anthony Sampson

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781448210664

Category: History

Page: 318

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First published in 1984, explosively topical and penetrating in insight, this bestseller from the world's expert on international, high-flying big business is essential and fascinating reading for anyone who has ever looked down on the world from a plane and wondered how airlines have changed it.
Categories: History

Sky As Frontier

Sky As Frontier

Adventure, Aviation, And Empire David T. Courtwright. 2003 ) , which I read after completing my manuscript , reaches the same conclusion , that changes in speed , pressurization , fenestration , and service denatured passengers ...

Author: David T. Courtwright

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 1585444197

Category: History

Page: 284

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A look at how aviation's frontier lasted only a scant 3 decades, then vanished as commercial and military imperatives made flying routine.
Categories: History

Empire of the Air

Empire of the Air

Bilstein, Flight in America, 159—161; Rae, Climh to Greatness, 172; Dominick A. Pisano, To Fill the Sky with Pilots: The Civilian Pilot Training Program, 1939—46 (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1993). 30. American Airlines, “Here ...

Author: Jenifer Van Vleck

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674726246

Category: History

Page: 401

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Jenifer Van Vleck's fascinating history reveals the central role commercial aviation played in the United States' ascent to global preeminence in the twentieth century. As U.S. military and economic influence grew, the federal government partnered with the aviation industry to deliver American power across the globe and to sell the idea of the "American Century" to the public at home and abroad. The airplane promised to extend the frontiers of the United States "to infinity," as Pan American World Airways president Juan Trippe said. As it accelerated the global circulation of U.S. capital, consumer goods, technologies, weapons, popular culture, and expertise, few places remained distant from Wall Street and Washington. Aviation promised to secure a new type of empire--an empire of the air instead of the land, which emphasized access to markets rather than the conquest of territory and made the entire world America's sphere of influence. By the late 1960s, however, foreign airlines and governments were challenging America's control of global airways, and the domestic aviation industry hit turbulent times. Just as the history of commercial aviation helps to explain the ascendance of American power, its subsequent challenges reflect the limits and contradictions of the American Century.
Categories: History

Round About the Earth

Round About the Earth

Gordon pirie, Air Empire: British Imperial Civil Aviation, 1919–39 (Manchester, 2009), 112–59, 198–214; sampson, Empires ofthe Sky, 25–33, 50; Robert Wohl, The Spectacle of Flight: Aviation and the Western Imagination, 1920–1950 (new ...

Author: Joyce E. Chaplin

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781416596202

Category: History

Page: 560

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An account of the history of circumnavigation and how it has influenced the way people think about the Earth, profiling the early quests of famous historical figures, and the innovations that enabled world travel.
Categories: History

A Righteous Smokescreen

A Righteous Smokescreen

Van Vleck, Empire of the Air, 171–72; Dobson, History of International Civil Aviation, 8–12. 71. ... Sampson, Empires of the Sky, 100; Henry Ladd Smith, Airways Abroad: The Story of American World Air Routes (Madison: University of ...

Author: Sam Lebovic

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226816098

Category: History

Page: 272

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An examination of how the postwar United States twisted its ideal of “the free flow of information” into a one-sided export of values and a tool with global consequences. When the dust settled after World War II, the United States stood as the world’s unquestionably pre-eminent military and economic power. In the decades that followed, the country exerted its dominant force in less visible but equally powerful ways, too, spreading its trade protocols, its media, and—perhaps most importantly—its alleged values. In A Righteous Smokescreen, Sam Lebovic homes in on one of the most prominent, yet ethereal, of those professed values: the free flow of information. This trope was seen as capturing what was most liberal about America’s self-declared leadership of the free world. But as Lebovic makes clear, even though diplomats and public figures trumpeted the importance of widespread cultural exchange, these transmissions flowed in only one direction: outward from the United States. Though other countries did try to promote their own cultural visions, Lebovic shows that the US moved to marginalize or block those visions outright, highlighting the shallowness of American commitments to multilateral institutions, the depth of its unstated devotion to cultural and economic supremacy, and its surprising hostility to importing foreign cultures. His book uncovers the unexpectedly profound global consequences buried in such ostensibly mundane matters as visa and passport policy, international educational funding, and land purchases for embassies. Even more crucially, A Righteous Smokescreen does nothing less than reveal that globalization was not the inevitable consequence of cultural convergence or the natural outcome of putatively free flows of information—it was always political to its core.
Categories: History

Organizational Behaviour in a Global Context

Organizational Behaviour in a Global Context

Quoted in Sampson , Empires of the Sky , 219. In a similar vein , British Airways ' culture change program involved the development of new forms of female sexuality to market the company's service . Training ensured that female flight ...

Author: Albert J. Mills

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1551930579

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 599

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"At last there is a lucid, well-written OB book, which covers key issues required in OB teaching, but which has a mind of its own. Students and faculty will recognize this is more than standard fare." - Bill Cooke, Manchester Business School
Categories: Business & Economics

Horrible Eschaton System

Horrible Eschaton System

half a year, he wanted to take down the two great empires of the Sky Tiger Empire and spread the war throughout Central Europe! Naturally, Wang Ren would not personally act. Although his strength had already reached the peak of ...

Author: Gui GuShiGaoShou

Publisher: Funstory

ISBN: 9781636455891

Category: Fiction

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Wang Ren, an orphan without money or food, accidentally acquired the Apocalypse System. Under the outbreak of the biological crisis, relying on the Apocalypse System, he walked step by step to the peak, establishing an immortal dynasty of survivors, fighting zombies, killing the mutated beasts. When Wang Ren took back the lost land of the entire human race, he realized, this was a conspiracy, a conspiracy of an alien invading Earth.
Categories: Fiction

Peerless Queen

Peerless Queen

The Long Family did not just control the cities in the east of the Sky Dragon Empire. It could be found in other parts of the Sky Dragon Empire as well. After all, the Sky Dragon Empire was officially part of the Long Family.

Author: Qing LanZi

Publisher: Funstory

ISBN: 9781636545295

Category: Fiction

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Lin Qingshan, who had just entered this world, was acquainted with the first person here, Long Yifeng. A man who was as shy as a fool. Both of them were servants of the Li Family, a famous family in a small town at the eastern border of the Sky Dragon Empire. After getting drunk, the third young master of the Li family coveted Lin QIngshan's beauty. In a fit of rage, Lin QIngshan castrated the local aristocrat and fled to the central region of the Arthur Continent. After a series of events, he became the first empress of the continent.
Categories: Fiction