Test Pilots

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Test pilots are the flying experts who test new and modified aircraft to ensure they are safe. They use flying skills, engineering knowledge, and science to do their job. In this book, we meet the men and women who take an aircraft into the sky and push it up to and beyond its limits.

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Overview

Test pilots are the flying experts who test new and modified aircraft to ensure they are safe. They use flying skills, engineering knowledge, and science to do their job. In this book, we meet the men and women who take an aircraft into the sky and push it up to and beyond its limits.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Teachers and librarians may be surprised to find this "World's Most Dangerous Jobs" series coming from Crabtree, a publisher known for its high-quality books (many about world cultures) for young readers. Author Loveless, a journalist and photographer who specializes in defense-related subjects, is fascinated by the culture of violence and military hardware. This book offers information about the intensive training and duties of American and British test pilots for military and commercial planes (most test pilots are ex-military). Loveless stresses that this is a difficult and dangerous job for which only the best need apply. Many are trained at the four military and two civilian test pilot schools in the U.S. and Europe. Readers will learn about testing the equipment and engineering of the Airbus and the Concorde, as well as the Apache AH-1 helicopter, USAF fighters F-22 Raptor, F-16 Fighting Falcon, and the F-35 Lightning II (also called the Joint Strike Fighter), which will be "the most up-to-date and efficient fighter in the world." Developed by Lockheed-Martin, this ultra-new fighter (with touchscreens and helmet-mounted displays) will be delivered to both U.S. and UK air forces in 2012. A majority of the images come from the Department of Defense (though it's not specified whose); recommended Internet sites turn out to be mostly military recruiting websites. Adults need to check this series carefully to decide if the values, expressed and implied, are compatible with their community's and whether they choose to spend limited resources on furthering military recruiting. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778750994
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Series: The World's Most Dangerous Jobs
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Test Pilot 4

What Do Test Pilots Do? 6

The Dangers 8

Who Can Become a Test Pilot? 10

Empire Test Pilot School 12

The Test Factory 14

Flight Simulators 16

Airbus A380 18

Testing the Airbus A380 20

F-35 Lightning II 22

Testing F-35s 24

A Day in the Life 26

Test-Flying Concorde 28

It's a Fact! 30

Glossary 31

Index 32

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