Aviation History

By Anne Millbrooke

New Edition

Revised and Updated

"Aviation History is without peer or competition. Any book that can bring aviation history to life the way this one does deserves to be described with superlatives." — Barry Schiff, AOPA Pilot

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics awarded its 2003 Gardner-Lasser Aerospace History Literature Award recognizing Aviation History as “the best original contribution to the field of aeronautical or astronautical historical non-fiction literature published in the last five years.”

The Society for Technical Communications recognized Aviation History with four awards: Award of Excellence for books, two Awards of Distinguished for cover design and for manual/book design, and Best of Show Award for manual/book design, at the Rocky Mountain Chapter's 1999-2000 Technical Art, Publications, & Online Competition.

"Chronicling mankind's journey from dreaming about flight to achieving and developing it is a daunting task in one book, but Anne Millbrooke, a pilot and historian who specializes in science and technology, accomplished this challenging feat in Aviation History." — Chad Trautvetter, Aviation International News

"The author supplies an in-depth analysis of various aspects of aviation often glossed over in aviation books." — Nanette Scarpellini, Journal of Air Transportation.

Aviation History "is an informative, intelligently structured, and highly readable overview of the science, technology, and art of flight. The book is valuable as both a textbook and a ready reference source for novices and experts alike." — Paul Lagasse, H-Net (Humanities and Social Sciences Online Network.

Aviation History


Aviation History opens with the first flights of balloons in 1783 and continues the story of flight to the present. The book covers general aviation, commercial aviation, military aviation, and aerospace, in the informative text, as well as in summaries of events, timelines, personal profiles, flight lines (quotations), historical notes, graphics, photographs, and bibliographies.


Anne Millbrooke was born in western Oregon and raised on the coast of Washington state. She went east to college, first to Boise State College in Idaho for a bachelor’s degree, then to the University of Wisconsin at Madison for a master’s degree, and finally to the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia for her doctorate. Her field of study was history. She directed the Archive and Historical Resource Center at United Technologies Corporation, and thereby served as the historian for Pratt & Whitney, Hamilton Standard, Sikorsky, and other divisions of the corporation. She taught history at universities in Alaska, Connecticut, and Montana. Along the way, she has won Mellon, Smithsonian, National Science Foundation, and NASA fellowships. Now a freelance writer, she lives in Bozeman. Her latest major publication is a revised, updated edition of her award-winning Aviation History book.

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