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Wright Flyer Online Print Material and Video Tapes Resources



Teacher Resources

AC Supply Free catalog
1-800-536-0238
"Flight, robotics, structures, electronics, aerodynamcis, transportation, research and development rocketry (Estes @ 33-40% off) and much more."

The Bishop's Boys : A Life of Wilbur and Orville Wright
Tom D. Crouch
W.W. Norton & Company;
ISBN: 039330695X
The history of aviation and the Wright family saga blended into an intriguing over-the-shoulder view of the historic first flight.

Experimenting with Air and Flight
Ormiston H. Walker
Franklin Watts, NY, 1989
ISBN: 0-531-10670-5
Good science background information and experiments on flight.

How We Invented the Airplane: An Illustrated History
Orville Wright
Edited by Fred C. Kelly
Dover Publications, Inc. NY, 1988
ISBN: 0-486-25662-6
Orville's accounting of their work. Has fabulous photographs and detail diagrams.

Introduction to Flight
John D. Anderson, Jr.
McGraw-Hill Book Company, NY, 1989
ISBN: 0-07-001641-0
Adult level reading, but easy-to-understand explanations about aeronautics.

Let's Build Airplanes & Rockets!
Dr. Ben Milspaugh & Dr. Beverly Taylor
The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., 1996
ISBN: 0-07-042952-9
"Fascinating models of history-making aircraft let your child's imagination soar while learning."

The Lore of Flight
John W. R. Taylor
Barnes & Noble, Inc., NY, 1996
ISBN: 0-7607-0364-7
An excellent resource with great graphics and aeronautical information, science and history of flight and aviation.

Up, Up and Away: The Science of Flight
Dr. David Darling
Dillon Press, NY, 1991
ISBN: 0-87518-479-0
A good teacher resource that covers flight and aeronautics.

Visions of a Flying Machine : The Wright Brothers and the Process of Invention (Smithsonian History of Aviation Series)
Peter L. Jakab, Peter L. Jakob, Tom D. Crouch
Smithsonian Institution Press
ISBN: 1560987480
Excellent analysis of the technology and thought processes that led the Wright brothers to their historic 1903 flight.

Whitewings: Excellent Paper Airplanes (3 versions)
Dr. Y. Ninomiya
Running Press, 1994
ISBN: 1-561-3800-75
ISBN: 0-894-71571-2
ISBN: 0-894-71700-6
An entire series of fantastic paper gliders to create and fly.

Student Resources

AC Supply Free catalog
1-800-536-0238
"Flight, robotics, structures, electronics, aerodynamcis, transportation, research and development rocketry (Estes @ 33-40% off) and much more."

Amazing Flying Machines
Alfred A. Knopf
Dorling Kindersly Limited, London, 1992
ISBN:0-8306-2157-1
Lots of great pictures and easy-to-read descriptions of different types of aircraft.

Aviation and Space Science Projects
Dr. Ben Milspaugh
Tab Books, NY, 1992
ISBN: 0-8306-2157-1
Excellent book that covers the science, includes experiments and simple graphics to illustrate the concepts.

Cross Sections: Look Inside Planes
Michael Johnstone
Dorling Kindersley, Ltd., London, 1994
ISBN: 1-56458-520-4
Lots of excellent pictures that show the insides of different types of airplanes. Also explains how some of these parts work.

(The Nature Company Discoveries Library) Flight
Editor Donald Lopez
TimeLife Books, 1995
ISBN: 0-7835-4761-7
A visual delight with plenty of solid aeronautical explanations as well as aviation information.

How It Works: The World of Flight
Bill Gunston
Barnes and Noble Books, NY, 1997
ISBN: 0-7607-0427-9
An excellent student resource that covers the science concepts of flight as well as aviation. Good pictures help explain the more difficult concepts.

Let's Build Airplanes & Rockets!
Dr. Ben Milspaugh & Dr. Beverly Taylor
The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., 1996
ISBN: 0-07-042952-9
"Fascinating models of history-making aircraft let your child's imagination soar while learning."

The Story of Flight
Scholastic Voyages of Discovery series
Scholastic, Inc., NY, 1994
ISBN: 0-590-47643-2
A fun interactive book that chronologically tells the history of flight and covers key science concepts.

The Usborne Book of Planes and Helicopters
Clive Gifford
Usborne Publishing Ltd., London, 1993
ISBN: 0-7460-1658-1
This easy-reader covers in a simple, yet clear manner different types of airplanes and helicopters. It also provides excellent graphics of aeronautical concepts.

The Visual Dictionary of Flight: (Eyewitness Visual Dictionary)
Dorling Kindersly Books, London, 1992
ISBN: 1-56458-101-2
This is packed full of great pictures and easy-to-read explanations of science concepts. A good all-around resource.

What's Inside? Airplanes
Dorling Kindersly Books, London, 1992
A good, basic look at airplanes with some references to the science of flight.

The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane
Russell Freedman
Holiday House, NY, 1991
ISBN: 0-8234-0875-2
An excellent narrative for middle school readers and up. It covers the scientific methodology the brothers used during their quest for flight as well as providing excellent, easy-to-understand explanations of the aeronautical concepts. It has original photographs of their work and detailed diagrams.

The Wright Brothers: Pioneers of American Aviation
Quentin Reynolds
Random House, Inc.: Landmark Books, NY, 1978
ISBN: 0-394-84700
ISBN: 0-394-90310
A good upper grades reading level narration of the brothers from childhood through their aviation work.

VIDEOTAPES:

Understanding Flight
Discovery Channel School Videos
Four-page Teachers Guide
51 minutes - two segments
http://school.discovery.com
1-888-892-3484
The art, technique, and skills of flight are demystified in this documentary, which looks at the power of flight from birds to humans. The four principles of flight - thrust, lift, weight, and drag - are explained with graphics that outline how each force is created and used to keep a plane in flight. Actor John Trivolta - a pilot since age sixteen - and author Tom Clancy discuss their love of flying as well.

The Wright Stuff
Narrated by Garrison Keillor
PBS-The American Experience 1996
ISBN: 1-56633-185-4
1-800-733-2232
60 minutes
"The Wright Stuff" is the quintessential American story of two midwestern boys who believed they could break the barrier of the air. Where others with government grants and engineering educations had failed, the Wright Brothers succeeded."

 
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