Author(s): Riccardo Niccoli
"History of Flight. From the Flying Machine of Leonardo da Vinci to the Conquest of the Space" is a book dedicated to the history of human flight, ranging from the first, uncertain attempts of the medieval period to the most advanced operations, such as the Space Shuttle, convertiplanes, the unmanned aircrafts, the 21st century superfighters, and the commercial airliners to be produced by Airbus and Boeing. The book is divided into 27 chapters in chronological order, each one dedicated to a specific event or type of aircraft, including warplanes, and those used for transport, acrobatic and tourism purposes, seaplanes and helicopters. The aircraft are the leading players in the book, and descriptions are offered of their technical specifications, their development, operating history and sales successes. The section dedicated to the technological development of the aeronautics sector contains entertaining anecdotes, information and comments geared towards providing a complete historic picture of the various periods examined. The book is rich in illustrations and historic and spectacular photographs of all the most important aircraft from the history of international aviation.
RICCARDO NICCOLI, journalist, writer, photographer and one of the best known Italian aviation historians, has published articles and photographs in the specialist press since 1982. A politics graduate, he works with a number of magazines and publishing companies on a freelance basis in Europe and the USA, and is also the author of a number of books and other works in the field of aviation.