|The Story of Gliding - Used
This book is no longer in print. At right
are links to used copies.
Authors: Ann & Lorne Welch
Hard Cover, 211 pages, many wonderful black and white photos and
line drawings of historical gliders and gliding sites.
Dimensions: 5.79 x 8.70 x 0.87 inches (147 x 221 x 22 mm), Copyright:
From the Dust Cover
Of all ways of flying, silent soaring flight brings men closest to
flying like the birds. Ann and Lorne Welch, both glider pilots of
world renown, have written the inspiring story of how gliding developed.
After describing the almost legendary earliest attempts they give an
account of the brave experiments of ht e18th and 19th centuries; then
trace the ever-quickening 20th century progress that stemmed from the
application of scientific method to the principles and practice of
flight. They show how the Germans gave a crucial impetus to
gliding in the 1930s by their successive exploration of hill lift,
soaring in clouds and storms, dry thermals and standing waves.
These researches opened the way to astonishing advances in glider design
and flying technique after the 1939 War, culminating in climbs to over
45,000 feet and distance flights of 1,000 km. The sport has now
become truly international and with gliding clubs flourishing all over
the world is open to almost anyone. This book provides the
background to one of the most exhilarating and challenging forms of
mastery upon which a man may venture.
This is one of my favorite old soaring
books. The historical photos and stories are very interesting.
- Paul Remde
The book I have in stock is a first edition. The 2nd edition is
from 1980 and included a new dust cover (shown at right) and many
updates. I have a 2nd edition copy in my library.