The Race by Clive Cussler

The Race book coverI just finished The Race by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott, which I enjoyed very much. One of the reason I enjoy the series is because it takes place in the early 1900’s. This was a time of great change and technological advancement.
As usual, Cussler’s research is excellent and the details about the technology and mechanics make the story interesting and believable. While reading the story I wanted to learn more about early airplane technology. I have been to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum where I saw the Early Flight exhibit. I remember seeing the Wright Military Flyer, the Curtiss Headless Pusher and the Bleriot, which were all mentioned in the book. I found an excellent resource about the early airplane engines mentioned in the story at the US Centennial of Flight Commission Website. Their site mentions the Antionette engine used in Josephine’s plane. They have a photo of the rotary air-cooled Gnome engine used in Issac Bell’s plane.

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