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Milestones of Flight

From Hot-Air Balloons to SpaceShipOne

Tim Grove, National Air and Space Museum


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Milestones of Flight takes readers soaring through the high points of American aviation: from the Wright brothers and their competitors to the military pilots who first circumnavigated the globe, from the initial space rocket to the moon walk, from the earliest manmade satellite to today’s spy drones. The book also describes what inventions—such as rocket propulsion, the wind tunnel, and the silicon chip—helped move flight upward and beyond. Profusely illustrated with objects from the Smithsonian’s collection, Milestones of Flight provides an inspiring look at America’s contributions to aviation. The book includes a bibliography, author’s note, and index.

Praise For Milestones of Flight: From Hot-Air Balloons to SpaceShipOne

"A handsomely produced survey that should be popular with readers who have their eyes on the skies."
— School Library Journal

"Period photographs, illustrations, and documents complement a crisply written and informative look at the past and present of flight, with glimpses of its future."
— Publishers Weekly

"Profusely illustrated with objects from the Smithsonian's collection, "Milestones of Flight" provides a truly inspiring survey of America's contributions to aviation."
— Midwest Book Review

"Appealing to browsers and reluctant readers."
— School Library Connection

Abrams Books for Young Readers, 9781419720031, 112pp.

Publication Date: June 28, 2016

About the Author

Tim Grove has written several books for young readers, including First Flight Around the World, a YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction finalist. He was formerly chief of museum learning at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. Visit

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, maintains the largest collection of historic air- and spacecraft in the world, including the plane Chicago and a copy of First Lieutenant Leslie Arnold’s journal.