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The world's most magnificent machines
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The world's most magnificent machines

Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9780571347186

Publication Date: 9 Nov 2020

Subject: Transport

Suitable for: Primary (Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6)

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A look at 32 machines that pushed the boundaries of engineering and technology and the stories of those who designed and built them.

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Summary

A look at 32 machines that pushed the boundaries of engineering and technology and the stories of those who designed and built them.

The longest ship ever built, the heaviest digger and the largest aeroplane, the world's first working motorcar, and its most expensive one. What machines like these have in common is that they all say a lot about the inventiveness and imagination of the people who conceived and created them. Some of them are useful, others are just a bit of fun, but the best ones are truly magnificent, and fascinating to discover.

Designed to drive faster, fly higher, carry more cargo or - in the case of space rockets - travel hundreds of thousands of miles to places no-one has ever been before, not every idea has worked but the best have been inspired and inspirational, and in a few cases they have gone on to change the world.

It is the human stories and atmospheric art that make this a book to actually read and delight in.

Contents

Introduction
Timeline
Benz patent Motorwagen
The first ever automobile
Fiat Tipo S76
The first really monster engine
Octoauto
Milton's wacky eight-wheeler
RMS titanic
The tragic Titanic
Motoruota Monowheel
Sitting on a single wheel
Bugatti Type 41 'Royale'
A car built for kings
LZ129 Hindenburg
Germany's flying giant
Panzerkampfwagen VIII
The heaviest tank ever built
Hercules H-4
History's largest seaplane
McDonnell Goblin
A plane the size of a bomb
Boeing B-52
The biggest ever bomber
Hawker Siddley Harrier
The plane that could jump
Peel P50
A car so small you can lift it up
Ferrari 250 GTO
The fifty million pound Ferrari
Lockheed SR-71
The fastest plane that ever flew
Saturn V
To the Moon and back
Concorde
Flying faster than the speed of sound
Lunar rover
The car that drove on the Moon
USS Nimitz
A warship the size of a town
Terex 33-19 Titan
A truck the size of a factory
SM1 Motivator
The fastest woman on Earth
Gossamer Albatross
The slowest plane
Seawise Giant
Half a million tons - but it floats!
BD-5J
Building a jet from a kit
Bell Boeing Osprey
History's most expensive helicopter
Bagger 293
The world's largest land vehicle
Hexie Hao
Trains that look and go like rockets
Bloodhound LSR
1,000 mph across the desert
Tunnel boring machine
London's biggest bore
Waymo
The car that steers itself
Stratolaunch
A plane for launching rockets
PAL-V Liberty
A car that flies, a plane that drives
Afterword
Glossary

Category
JNF
Subject
Transport
Dewey
629.04
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Illustrations
Full colour illus throughout
Publisher
Pub. date
9 Nov 2020
Edition
First
ISBN
9780571347186
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Binding
Hardback
Pages
184
Width
305mm
Height
235mm
Weight
1398g
Contents page
Yes
Glossary
Yes
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