In The Cockpit Volumes I & II - The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

In The Cockpit Volumes I & II - The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Harper Design

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Presented in a handsome padded vinyl edition emulating a leather-bound flight log, this abundantly illustrated album combines two popular titles from the National Air and Space Museum, taking readers inside the cockpits of 84 remarkable aircraft—closer even than museum-goers could see them. In the Cockpit spans the history of powered flight, from the Wright brothers' 1903 Flyer to the edge of space with Burt Rutan's SpaceShipOne, including the Piper Cub, Boeing's 707 prototype, the tiny Bede BD-5B, and the Concorde; In the Cockpit II focuses on the fighters, bombers, and experimental aircraft of World War II, from the B-17 Flying Fortress to the jet-powered Messerschmitt 262.

In the Cockpit captures the feeling of helming these historic craft with big, gorgeous four–color photographs that will give flight enthusiasts a true pilot's eye view of many of history's most important domestic and military airplanes, jets, and helicopters. Each entry includes archival images of the craft and authoritative text that places each one in the context of the development of aviation technology and world history.


Mark A. Avino has been the chief photographer for the National Air and Space Museum since 1983. He is a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology.

Pub Date: 2007
Format: Hardback with color illus.
Pages: 143 
Size: 8.00 x 10.50 inches

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