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The Airplane by Jay Spenser
The Airplane:
How Ideas Gave Us Wings

Smithsonian Books, HarperCollins

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Welcome and thanks for coming by my website. I’m a professional writer in Seattle who’s fascinated by human achievement in the field of flight. In fact, I’ve spent my career learning about aviation and interpreting it in my writings.

Working for a major U.S. aerospace firm has given me a wealth of knowledge about the current state of aviation. I also know a lot about its past, having been the curator of the Museum of Flight here in Seattle, and before that an assistant curator at the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, in Washington DC.

My books and articles cover many topics but my two favorite areas are commercial aviation and the evolution of flight-related technologies. I also love aviation popular culture. Check out my latest book!

To learn more about my other titles, click here. Thanks for visiting.

"Spenser's book stands as a smart, and occasionally wonkish, history of a thrilling machine all too often taken for granted"

Publishers Weekly


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