Go deeper into the history of each park with scholarly articles and essays from Oxford University Press, freely available for the centennial year.
US Air Power
The history of aviation can be divided into two basic categories, civilian and military. Sadly, the majority of the histories written since 1903 have dealt with the military applications of flying.
The Flight of the Century: Charles Lindbergh and the Rise of American AviationThomas Kessne
In The Flight of the Century, Thomas Kessner takes a fresh look at one of America's greatest moments, explaining how what was essentially a publicity stunt became a turning point in history. He vividly recreates the flight itself and the euphoric reaction to it on both sides of the Atlantic, and argues that Lindbergh's amazing feat occurred just when the world--still struggling with the disillusionment of WWI--desperately needed a hero to restore a sense of optimism and innocence.