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Quest for Flight: John J. Montgomery and the Dawn of Aviation in the West by Craig S. Harwood

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Quest for Flight: John J. Montgomery and the Dawn of Aviation in the West

But a California scientist succeeded in flying gliders twenty years before the Wright's powered flights at Kitty Hawk in Quest for Flight reveals the amazing accomplishments of John J. Montgomery, a prolific inventor who piloted the glider he designed in in the first controlled flights of a heavier-than-air craft in the Western Hemisphere. Re-examining the history of American aviation, Craig S. Harwood and Gary B. Fogel present the story of human efforts to take to the skies. They show that history's nearly exclusive focus on two brothers resulted from a lengthy public campaign the Wrights waged to profit from their aeroplane patent and create a monopoly in aviation.

Countering the aspersions cast on Montgomery and his work, Harwood and Fogel build a solidly documented case for Montgomery's pioneering role in aeronautical innovation.

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Chapter 13 Wings in Tandem. Chapter 14 Baptism by Fire.

Chapter 15 Birds of Prey. Chapter 9 A California Impetus. Chapter 10 A Rude Awakening. Chapter 11 Going Public. Harwood , Gary B. Richard Byers bio Quest for Flight: Montgomery and the Dawn of Aviation in the West. Harwood and Gary B. University of Oklahoma Press, In this fascinating and well-researched work, authors Craig Harwood and Gary Fogel take on a significant challenge: As their research indicates, the ranks of the founding fathers of U.

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Montgomery, whose applied experiments with gliders during the s and '90s, based on his observations of birds, stake a powerful claim for his inclusion alongside more famous early aviation pioneers like Glenn Curtiss and the Wright brothers. Indeed, their research indicates that Montgomery's scientific achievements stretched well beyond aviation, including foundational work in fields as diverse as ornithology, applied telegraphy, electrical engineering, rubber vulcanization, petroleum combustion, airship design and propulsion, and electrical engineering.

Working largely alone and isolated and without substantial financial resources, Montgomery designed, built, and successfully flew several controlled gliders in Southern California before the turn of the twentieth century, the first man in the United States to achieve these feats. For many years a faculty member of California's Santa Clara College, where the archival collection that supports this work is now housed, Montgomery was a quintessential Gilded Age scientist, inventor, and scholar, pursuing and researching simultaneous interests in numerous fields and developing new technological approaches that yielded more than ten patents in petroleum burning, rubber vulcanization, and electrical generation, as well as in aviation.

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