Quest for Flight: John J. Montgomery and the Dawn of Aviation in the West

Quest For Flight, book coverBook of the Quarter, Spring 2013
Saint Clare Room, 3rd Floor
Learning Commons, Technology Center, and Library
Thursday, April 25
4 - 5:30 p.m.

The Library is pleased to host Craig S. Harwood and Gary B. Fogel discussing their book, Quest for Flight: John J. Montgomery and the Dawn of Aviation in the West,, as the Spring 2013 Book of the Quarter.

Harwood and Fogel will discuss their book, and take questions from the audience. There will be a book signing following the talk.

The event will be held Thursday, April 25 beginning at 4 p.m. in the Saint Clare Room on the 3rd floor of the Learning Commons. The event is free and open to the public. It is not necessary to have read the book to attend the event. SCU students, faculty, and staff can borrow a copy through LINK+. Copies of the book will be on sale at the event.

About the Book

The Wright brothers have long received the lion's share of credit for inventing the airplane. But a California scientist succeeded in flying gliders twenty years before the Wright's powered flights at Kitty Hawk in 1903.

Quest for Flight reveals the amazing accomplishments of John J. Montgomery, a prolific inventor who piloted the glider he designed in 1883 in the first controlled flights on heavier-than-air craft in the Western Hemisphere.

Re-examining the history of American aviation, Craig S. Harwood and Gary B. Fogel present the story of human efforts to take to the skies. Countering the aspersions cast on Montgomery and his work, the authors build a solidly documented case for Montgomery's pioneering role in aeronautical innovation.

About the Authors

Craig S. Harwood is the great-great grandson of Zacariah Montgomery, John J. Montgomery's father. A native Californian, he is an engineering geologist with twenty years of experience as a technical writer.

Gary B. Fogel, a native of San Diego, is CEO of Natural Selection, a computer science firm, and the author of Wind and Wings: The History of Soaring in San Diego.

Please direct ADA/504 accommodation requests to Joanne Clymer (408-551-1753, TTY 1-800-735-2929) at least 48 hours prior to event.

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