Item description for Tom Swift and His Airship (Tom Swift) by II Victor Appleton...
Overview Swift's ingenuity prompts him to build an airship, but when Tom tests the ship something goes wrong and both Tom and the ship crash to the ground.
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Studio: Applewood Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.66" Width: 5.44" Height: 1.19" Weight: 0.87 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 1992
Publisher Applewood Books
Series Tom Swift
ISBN 1557091773 ISBN13 9781557091772
Availability 0 units.
More About II Victor Appleton
Victor Appleton was born in 1892 and died in 1965.
Reviews - What do customers think about Tom Swift and His Airship?
Airship sinks Aug 27, 2007
Wow, were these books ever popular. I was amazed at how boring and inactive this book was. Tom and some professor build an airship and fly the darned thing without even testing it. Surprise, it crashes.
I imagined more than the stereotyped characters presented in these pages. Bad boys were bad. Good boys were good. Good girls were good . and everyone was a white,anglo saxon protestant.
Somewhere along the line tom is accused of robbery with no evidence at all and the police are shooting at him in this airship.
It is hard for me to believe these books were ever popular.
A Window into another World Jul 28, 2007
As a point of fact I should point out is that Dec. 17, 1903 was the date of the Wright Brothers first sustained flight, so this story does not take place before it. It is a tale of a time when lighter-then-airships were seen to be one very possible wave of the future. Why, the top of the Empire State Building (built about twenty years later) was once considered as a mooring mast for passing dirigibles. It was a very real truth then that most people were still using horse and buggy. Automobiles, electricity and telephone service were not widespread in the countryside and an old black man, or "Negro" as he might have been called, would be subservient. (I find this distasteful, but you should not rewrite history to conform with enlightened modern sensibilities) It is a fast moving tale that holds up well providing a window into another world. It may be hard to believe there was such a time when people did not communicate so easily, an ordinary car or airplane was considered exceptional, but it's true. This was a time when all those marvels were slowing being introduced into society. It was a world of awakening wonders, the astounding world of Tom Swift.
A pleasant story Apr 7, 2007
As a child one of the first set of stories I read were The Black Stallion books. Fairly quickly I started working my way through Hardy Boy stories, and then started reading Science Fiction with the Tom Swift Jr. series. Tom Swift Jr. was a young scientist who had great adventures, like the Hardy Boys, but he had cool gadgets. In the first book Tom Swift Jr. builds a flying plane which had three levels, and carried a smaller plane and helicopter which could be launched out of the back of the big plane, while in flight.
It was a decade or two later that I learned the reason he was called Tom Swift Jr. was because there were a set of stories about his father, Tom Swift Sr. The original Tom Swift books were written in the early 1900s. The first one was published in 1910 - Tom Swift and His Motor Cycle.
A couple weeks ago I was at a friend's house and noticed that he had Tom Swift and His Airship. I borrowed the book. Here Tom builds a cross between a balloon and an airplane. His Airship is made of aluminum and floats because of a special, secret gas. It has a race with an airplane and wins. I rolled my eyes a couple times while reading the book, but remembered this was written almost a hundred years ago.
This book is more focused on adventure than the science. Like the Hardy Boys, Tom Swift solves a mystery. He is suspected of a bank robbery, but of course he is able to find the true criminals. Tom also fights the local town bully.
While the Hardy Boys are timeless and read very well almost a hundred years later, this is clearly dated. The science is weak. The book has people still using horses and wagons. And one of the characters is treated in a way that we would not tolerate today. An older black man who helps Tom is uneducated and a bit of a comical figure. There are many glimpses into life in America a hundred years ago.
I enjoyed reading the book. It is a quick ready. The story moves along; it is pleasant, but not great. It was fun to read about the father of Tom Swift Jr.
Another flashback to 1910 May 24, 2001
In this sequel to Tom Swift and His Motor-Boat, Tom Swift and his new friend John Sharp build Sharp's dream aircraft, a hybrid dirigible/airplane. However, Happy Harry's gang is still around, and is up to no good. Why are they hanging around the bank? As usual, Tom combines his love of all things mechanical with his boyish energy and big heart to help his friends and bring the villains to justice.
I do love how these books present a window into the United States of 1910. Especially, I find the limitations on police work astounding, in light of the modern use of radio, etc. As always, Tom is presented as a good role model, which is very nice. Overall I did enjoy this book, and do recommend it to you.
Good for a read Nov 10, 2000
I just finished this book this morning. I think the wonderful thing about this book is getting a perspective on people's views of technology in another time. One of my favorite glimpses was when Mr Sharp told Tom that someday these blimp-like airships would be everywhere. I think we have yet to see a mass market on blimps. Also, when the sherrif gets to ride in the Red Cloud, he wonders at the fact that he hadn't even ridden in a car before, and now he was riding in an airship. Imagine a sherrif who spent his life never driving or even riding a car. The other fun thing about this sort of book is the dialogue. I can't remember some of the better lines, but I smiled several times pondering the meaning of some old cliches, or tough fighting one-liners that no longer sound tough. Read it. You'll see.