This book offers a fascinating look at the life and career of one of 20th-century's most creative and conflicted polymaths. Few 20th-century Americans lived a more creative, event-filled, and often conflicted life than the aviation pioneer and yacht designer W. Starling Burgess. Orphaned at twelve, Burgess received his first patent at nineteen, left Harvard, and, following the suicide of the first of his five wives, published a book of poetry at twenty-four. After launching his career as a yacht designer, Burgess built the first airplane to fly the skies of New England (in 1910) and was selected as the sole manufacturer of aircraft under the Wright Brothers' patents. He received the prestigious Collier Trophy "for the greatest progress in aviation." His company was a primary supplier of both civilian and military aircraft before the main factory in Marblehead burned to the ground in 1918. After World War I, Burgess returned to his first love, yachts, designing three America's Cup-winners: Enterprise (1930), Rainbow (1934), and Ranger (1937). He also enjoyed some of his most productive years as a naval architect and inventor doing top secret anti-submarine work for the US Navy and Air Force. Here, at last, is a book that covers the entire fascinating career of a genuine polymath.
|Utgitt||2015||Forfatter||Llewellyn Howland III|
ROUNDHOUSE PUBLISHING GROUP
|Antall sider||512||Dimensjoner||23,3cm x 25,6cm x 4,2cm|
|Vekt||1739 gram||Leverandør||Bertram Trading Ltd|
|Emner og form||Shipbuilding technology, engineering & trades|