This book was received with a small publisher’s mark on the page edges on one of the 3 sides of edges. It is not visible on a book shelf with the spine facing outward. The book is new and undamaged for reading. A Smithsonian book. Experience the thrill of some of the world's most important airplanes and spacecraft. Provides unprecedented access to the world's most visited museum, the host of more than 9 million visitors a year. Together with its Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, the museum is the undisputed authority on flight, displaying aircraft and spacecraft from around the globe from every era of flight. Features the best of both locations in one volume, from the very first aircraft, the Wright 1903 Flyer, to the Douglas World Cruiser that first circumnavigated the globe by air, and Charles Lindbergh's Ryan NYP Spirit of St. Louis in which he became the first person to fly solo, nonstop across the Atlantic. Other outstanding artifacts include the Boeing 307 Stratoliner, the first airliner with a pressurized cabin; John Glenn's Mercury capsule Friendship 7, in which he became the first American to orbit the earth; and the beautiful Concorde supersonic transport. Here too are the Lockheed SR-71, the fastest aircraft ever built; the Apollo 11 command module Columbia that took the first men to the Moon; the space shuttle Enterprise; and SpaceShipOne, the world's first privately developed spacecraft and the museum's most recent acquisition.