Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

2005

Journal or Book Title

Realizing the Dream of Flight

First Page

1

Last Page

27

Abstract

OVER THE FIRST THREE DECADES FOLLOWING THE WRIGHT BROTHERS ’ TRIUMPH AT KITTY HAWK, AMERICANS ACROSS RACIAL AND GENDER LINES BECAME FASCINATED by the rich possibilities of flight. Especially after World War I (WWI), ordinary men and women were enraptured by what historian Joseph Corn has called “the gospel of aviation,” popular fascination with the marvelous, even magical, implications of flying. Many thrilled to the sense of leaving behind Earthbound limits, exploring suggestions that aviation had the power to cure disease, avert wars, and literally bring human beings closer to heaven.

Comments

This is a book chapter from Realizing the Dream of Flight (2005): 1. Posted with permission.

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Language

en

File Format

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