Leo McKinstry

Reach For The Sky

The Flight of the Century: Charles Lindbergh and the Rise of American Aviation


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Given America’s global dominance of aviation over recent decades, it is remarkable that the country had only the most primitive air industry in the 1920s. The Wright brothers may have pioneered powered flight, and US capitalism may have been the driving force of the world economy, but when it came to the development of air travel and technology, America lagged far behind Europe in the period immediately after the First World War.

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