Robert Macfarlane: The men who invented flight, 5 February 2004
Show More First to Fly: The Unlikely Triumph of Wilbur and Orville Wright by James Tobin.
Murray, 431 pp., £9.99, November 2003, 0 7195 5738 0Show More
The Wright Brothers: The Aviation Pioneers who Changed the World by Ian Mackersey.
Little, Brown, 554 pp., £20, October 2003, 0 316 86144 8Show More
Wings of Madness: Alberto Santos-Dumont and the Invention of Flight by Paul Hoffman.
Fourth Estate, 369 pp., £18.99, June 2003, 1 84115 368 0Show More
Taking Flight: Inventing the Aerial Age from Antiquity to the First World War by Richard Hallion.
Oxford, 531 pp., £20, September 2003, 0 19 516035 5Show More
“... over the details of the role of aircraft in the First World War. This omission is made good by Richard Hallion, whose superb Taking Flight tracks the ‘human desire to fly’ from Leonardo da Vinci onwards. According to Hallion, aviation first proved its military worth at the Battle of Tannenberg in August ...”