Fly Now!

Fly Now!

A Colorful Story of Flight From Hot Air Balloon to the 777 "Worldliner" : the Poster Collection of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Book - 2007
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Random House, Inc.
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum draws more visitors than any other museum in the world—90,000 a day in the summertime—and the highlight of summer 2007 at the NASM will be "Fly Now," the exhibit of air travel posters featured in this unique companion volume which combines arresting, colorful art, rare archival material, and a unique approach to aeronautical history.

The posters—most of them never before published—feature barnstormers, gliders, and flying boats; the earliest passenger flights, the first luxury-liners, mail carriers, jets, and much more. Spanning a century and a half, they combine the popular art and the commerce of their eras, with both explored in the entertaining, informative text by a longstanding National Air and Space Museum curator. From 19th-century circus impresarios offering rides in gaudy hot-air balloons to the sleek 21st-century airliners, they offer a fascinating illustrated history of flight as it evolved from an exotic realm inhabited only by visionaries and daredevils into our modern world of speedy jets and frequent flyers—no longer extraordinary, perhaps, but still echoing with the exhilarating thrill and glamorous excitement captured here.

Countless visitors to the museumÕs traveling poster exhibition and the permanent exhibition "America by Air" will delight in the gorgeous and wonderful graphics collected in this appealing, affordable book—and so will aviation buffs, armchair travelers, and poster connoisseurs everywhere.

Baker & Taylor
A companion volume to the summer 2007 poster exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum traces the history of human flight and air travel through 180 years of poster art, from 1827 to 2007, in a celebration of the hot air balloons of the mid-nineteenth century to the sleek, high-tech airliners of the present day. 17,500 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Illustrated with dozens of rare and dramatic aeronautical posters culled from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's world-class collection, this unique history of flight takes wing and sweeps across nearly two centuries of aerial adventure and air travel. From the early 19th century to the dawn of the 21st, from hot-air balloons to the Concord and beyond, this colorful book belongs in the library of every aviation buff and poster connoisseur, as well as cultural historians, armchair travelers, and anyone else who understands the irresistible allure of flight.

Baker
& Taylor

Traces the history of human flight and air travel through 180 years of poster art, in a celebration of the hot air balloons of the mid-nineteenth century to the sleek, high-tech airliners of the present day.

Publisher: Washington, DC: National Geographic, 2007
ISBN: 9781426200885
1426200889
Characteristics: 191 p. : ill
Additional Contributors: National Air and Space Museum

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Jun 05, 2012

It's hard to believe that plane trips were major life events for Western people as recently as fifty years ago. A far cry from the baggage fees, the "food," and security pat-downs we now face when we fly. I loved that the book traced the mystique of flying back to the days of the zeppelin and beyond.

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