Jerome C. Hunsaker and the Rise of American Aeronautics

Jerome C. Hunsaker and the Rise of American Aeronautics

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Jerome C. Hunsaker's cumulative effect on both American aeronautics and engineering is immense. Early in his career, he established the aeronautical engineering program at MIT and organized the U.S. Navy's aviation design and procurement program during World War I. This meticulous chronicle of Hunsaker's six decades in aeronautics traces both his incredible accomplishments and dispiriting setbacks. Hunsaker's career parallels the rise of aviation in America. Whether looking at the years he spent working on aerial navigation systems for Bell Labs or commercial airships with Goodyear-Zeppelin, Trimble shows how Hunsaker drew from a varied background in the sciences and social sciences to solve many difficult technical and administrative problems. Serving for fifteen years as chairman of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics - the forerunner of NASA - was both Hunsaker's greatest challenge and his crowning achievement. In presenting such a detailed account of Hunsaker's influential career, Trimble also traces major trends in engineering and technology in the United States.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 296 pages
  • 168.7 x 227.6 x 24.9mm | 662.26g
  • Smithsonian Books
  • Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press
  • Washington, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 1588340066
  • 9781588340061

About William F. Trimble

William F. Trimble is professor and chair of the department of history at Auburn University. He has written many books, including Admiral William A. Moffett: Architect of Naval Aviation (Smithsonian, 1994).show more

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This excellent biography of Hunsaker by William F. Trimble of Auburn University provides a compelling portrait of this pivotal figure in the history of aeronautics. -- Roger D. Launius, Chair, Division of Space History, National Air and Space Museumshow more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 1. An Officer and an Engineer Chapter 2 2. Aeronautics Chapter 3 3. The War in Washington Chapter 4 4. Peacetime Projects and Reorganization Chapter 5 5. Service at Home and Abroad Chapter 6 6. Bell Labs Chapter 7 7. Goodyear-Zeppelin Chapter 8 8. MIT Chapter 9 9. War and the NACA Chapter 10 10. New Directions and Old Chapter 11 11. The Long Twilightshow more

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