1st Eng. ed., 1987. 231 pp., cold., frontis., + cold., photo-ills. D.j., 25 x 25cm. FINE An unfolding drama of success and failure, of the excitement of inventors at work on their creations, or the lure for faster, lighter, stronger airplanes, this book is a remarkable retrospective of the new ideas in aviation technology and the gains we have realized because of them. The author tells the story of the pivotal developments in materials and design from 1903 with the Wright brothers, up to 1987 when this book was published. The subject is illustrated throughout with striking and evocative photographs – most in full colour and many previously unpublished.