Chuck Yeager and the Bell X-1: Breaking the Sound Barrier

Chuck Yeager and the Bell X-1: Breaking the Sound Barrier

by Dominick A. Pisano, Chuck Yeager, Frank H. Winter, F. Robert van der Linden
     
 
Each year, millions of visitors flock to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum to look at the Bell X-1 aircraft-the vehicle in which Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier on October 14, 1947. This in-depth look at the legendary aircraft tells the story of this momentous achievement-how the technology was developed, conflicts were resolved, and Yeager and his

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Each year, millions of visitors flock to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum to look at the Bell X-1 aircraft-the vehicle in which Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier on October 14, 1947. This in-depth look at the legendary aircraft tells the story of this momentous achievement-how the technology was developed, conflicts were resolved, and Yeager and his fellow pilots became the heroic figures depicted in The Right Stuff. A wealth of historical photographs of the Bell X-1 enriches the text, which includes such fascinating material as Yeager's official memo about the historic flight. This is as close as readers will ever get to being inside the aircraft that paved the way for supersonic flight, thus ushering in the era of space exploration.

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Library Journal
This lovely illustrated text is authored by three curators at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (SNASM): Pisano and F. Robert Van Der Linden (aeronautics division; coauthors, Charles Lindbergh and the Spirit of St. Louis) and Frank H. Winter (space history division). The book focuses both on the first aircraft to break the sound barrier, the Bell X-1, which is in the SNASM collection, and on the man who flew it, retired Brigadier Gen. Chuck Yeager. After an introduction by Yeager, the October 14, 1947, sound-breaking flight is dramatically recounted, and the developments leading up to the achievement are recapped. The authors generously excerpt Yeager: An Autobiography but have also created a readable text of their own. The quantity (125) and quality of the illustrations, the dust jacket, and the thick, glossy paper are characteristic of popular science texts and will appeal to a general audience. Pilots and other technical readers will delight in the well-researched content, including two appendixes and an index. Highly recommended for all public and academic libraries with science and/or aviation collections. Sara Tompson, Science & Engineering Lib., Univ. of Southern California, Los Angeles Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810955356
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
05/28/2006
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
8.25(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.75(d)

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