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Champions of Flight: Clayton Knight and William Heaslip; Artists Who Chronicled Aviation from the Great War to Victory in WWII

Casemate. Feb. 2020. 294p. ISBN 9781612007793. $49.95. REF
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During the Golden Age of Flight, or the period between the world wars, airplane designs evolved and aviators and daredevils made headlines. Art historian Fiegel and aviation historian Hamady (The Nieuport 28: America’s First Fighter) chronicle the lives of preeminent commercial and technical aviation illustrators Clayton Knight (1891–1969) and William Heaslip (1898–1970), beginning with a broad history of aviation. The text explores Knight’s childhood and early adulthood, then Heaslip’s, before merging to follow both men throughout their careers.
VERDICT With more than 400 photos and illustrations, including images of aerial dogfights, New Yorker covers, and mechanics at work, along with carefully documented and readable text, this title will appeal to historians, aeorphiles, graphic designers, and commercial artists.

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