The Triumph of Instrument Flight: A Retrospective in the Century of U.S.
Aviation ISBN 0966625137; $18.95; 335 pages, 6x9 format. Indexed.. From
the Wright Brothers and Glenn Curtiss to the speed/endurance records of the
1920s and early 1930s. These records proved the airframes, the engines, and
the pilots. The Sperrys and Jimmy Doolittle made fundamental contributions.
The technical breakthrough for instrument flying was the gyroscope, demonstrated by Lawrence Sperry early in the 1920s.For the pilot to have an instrument on the instrument panel, it would tAke a bit more time. Famed pilot Jimmy Doolittle made a "blind" flight out of Mitchel Field, with a safety pilot aboard. That flight was a key step.
Then, the Lockheed 10A Electra and Boeing 214 instrument panels, with Elmer Sperry's gyro-horizon and directional gyro instruments, introduced the essential cluster for instrument flying. Instrument-controlled landings would come late in the 20th century.
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With the onset of blindness an impediment to another edition, the author has created a short pamphlet, "Errata and "Addenda." Book buyers are invited to print this and put it into the back fold of the book. Even if you are not motivated to obtain the book, this contains aviation hstory the author discovered after the book was published. Just go to the link on this website, Add-0ns to Flying Book
I am indebted to a St. Louis, Missouri, society of aviation history enthusiasts who 'inducted' me into their organization after evaluating my book, "The Triumph of Instrument Flight." Franklyn E. Dailey Jr.