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  • Posted December 30, 2010

    Must Read...If You Wanna Know The Facts

    its a great book, a must read if you want to know the facts about the jet age. This book deecribes the 2 aircrafts that helped changed the world of air travel with great, its like you were the engineer, passenger, pilot, etc. of those 2 revolutionary book. A trult reliable and interesting book...a must read!

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  • Posted August 17, 2011

    Ausome book

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  • Posted April 4, 2011

    If you want to go beyond the Wright Brothers, this book is for you

    The subtitle for this book is "The Comet, the 707 and the Race to Shrink the World" and it is very interesting because this is not about the story of aviation as we are used to. Sure, it mentions the Wright brothers, Samuel Langley and Glenn Curtiss in passing but this is not about them. It is about what happened thanks to them.

    Even though the stories about the Comet and the 707 are well taught, they rarely intersect. It is as if it were two different books about the same subject. That would be the only weakness I found.

    The author talks about fascinating facts during his story. We learn about several milestones in flying, including how Lawrence Sperry and Cynthia Curtis became the founding members of the Mile-High club, among others. We learn about the story behind the creation of flight attendants, how airplane food was bad from the very beginning and many other milestones that we take for granted these days.

    Verhovek tells some fascinating stories that force you to run to YouTube in order to learn more. I invite you to check out how test pilot Tex Johnston did a roll with a 707 during an exhibit in Seattle and how the "Gossamer Albatross" became the first human-powered airship to cross the English Chanel cementing the idea that human power flight is just not feasible and why.

    If you like the history of aviation and want to look beyond the Wright brothers, this book will certainly assist you in understanding the transition from the nostalgic old propeller days planes to the jet age in which we live today.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2010

    An Enjoyable but Quick Read on a Big Subject

    I vaguely knew about the key players involved in the race to create the passenger jets we now take for granted, and Mr. Verhovek is a very good writer who gets all of them on stage and keeps the reader interested. That said, the book left me wanting more. In reading it seems more like a long magazine article padded out to a barely acceptable book length, a feeling reinforced by frequent repetitions of information that Mr. Verhovek has already well covered, while 20 of the 176 pages are "Sources and Acknowledgments" and the "Index." Still, a very good introduction to the subject; as Mr. Verhoven notes, there are a lot of other books on the topic out there.

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