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CENTENNIAL OF FLIGHT RESOURCE MATERIAL

 

1.  �The Winds of Kitty Hawk�  (Video)  Produced by Fries Home Video

 

CONTACT:  Fries Entertainment, Inc., 6922 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028

 

LOCATION:  York County Library

 

COMMENTS:  Production stars Michael Moriarty and is fairly true to the history of events.  Acting quality is very poor, particularly on the part of the actor portraying Wilbur.  Contains the events at the Hudson-Fulton Celebration in 1908 in New York.  Paints Curtiss as a thief taking the technology from the Wrights.  Curtiss fails to fl at this event.

 

2.  �On Great White Wings � The Wright Brothers and the Race for Flight�  (Book)  Fred E. C. Culick and

     Spencer Dunmore

 

CONTACT:  Hyperion, 77 West 66th Street, New York, NY 10023-6298

 

LOCATION:  York County Library

 

COMMENTS:  Fred E. C. Culick is currently the Richard L. and Dorothy M. Hayman Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology.  Helped create a full-scale replica of the Wright Flyer for use in wind-tunnel testing and is now at work on a new replica that he will pilot on the hundredth anniversary of the first flight in 2003.  Home is Pasadena, CA.  Full color book with good photographs � most interesting as a possible contact to the author.

 

3.  �Wind and Sand � The Story of the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk�  (Book)  Lynanne Wescott and Paula

      Degen, foreword by Oliver Jensen

 

CONTACT:  Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers, New York;  Eastern National Park & Monument Association � promotes and aids the historical, scientific, and educational activities of the National Park Service.  As a nonprofit cooperating association authorized by Congress, it makes interpretive material available to park visitors by sale or free distribution.

 

LOCATION:  York County Library

 

COMMENTS:  Book is a compilation of historic photographs (most taken by the Wrights themselves) and excerpts from their dairies and personal letters.  Tells the story of the days at Kitty Hawk in very personal terms.

 

4.     �Kill Devil Hill � Discovering the Secret of the Wright Brothers�  (Book)  Harry Combs with Martin Caidin, foreword by Neil Armstrong

 

CONTACT:  TernStyle Press, Ltd., P. O. Box 4436, Englewood, CO 80155

 

LOCATION:  York County Library

 

COMMENTS:  Author became president of Gates Learjet in 1971.  Book is oriented more towards the technical exploration of why the flight was possible to happen.  Appendices go into technical discussions.  For example, the author makes the point that the stall characteristics of the Wright Flyer were such that when it stalled it fell as if on a parachute � straight ahead and settled down --- as opposed to the stall of a modern aircraft that would first fall off onto one wing and then corkscrew in.

 

5.      �Wilbur and Orville � A Biography of the Wright Brothers�  (Book)  Fred Howard

 

CONTACT:  Alfred A. Knopf, New York, NY

 

LOCATION:  York County Library

 

COMMENTS:  Author saw service in the Army Air Corps in WWII and became an aeronautics librarian in the Library of Congress.  Was a member of the team editing the Wilbur and Orville Wright Papers, he handled the scientific and technical aspects of the project.  Work on this biography for over 15 years.  Book has the longest and most detailed account of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration flights.


 

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