Test Pilots: The Frontiersmen of Flight, Revised Edition / Edition 2

Test Pilots: The Frontiersmen of Flight, Revised Edition / Edition 2

by Richard P. Hallion
     
 

"If you really wish to learn" wrote Wilbur Wright, "you must mount a machine and become acquainted with its tricks by actual trial". And even before the Wright Flyer took off on its history-making first flight, intrepid researchers had been testing many different flying machines: the hapless tower jumpers of the Dark Ages; the balloonist of the eighteenth

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"If you really wish to learn" wrote Wilbur Wright, "you must mount a machine and become acquainted with its tricks by actual trial". And even before the Wright Flyer took off on its history-making first flight, intrepid researchers had been testing many different flying machines: the hapless tower jumpers of the Dark Ages; the balloonist of the eighteenth century; the glider builders of the nineteenth. In Test Pilots, Richard P. Hallion chronicles the history of test pilots from these early explorers to today's military men.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874745498
Publisher:
Smithsonian Institution Press
Publication date:
05/17/1988
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
347
Product dimensions:
5.87(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 1. Harbingers Chapter 4 2. The Awakening Chapter 5 3. The Great War Chapter 6 4. Flight Testing in the Jazz Age Chapter 7 5. New Directions in the Thirties Chapter 8 6. Combat on the Technology Front Chapter 9 7. The Supersonic Breakthrough and the Era of the Jet Chapter 10 8. From Air to Space Chapter 11 9. Today and Tomorrow Chapter 12 Appendix Chapter 13 Sources Chapter 14 Acknowledgements Chapter 15 Bibliographical Note Chapter 16 Selected Bibliography 17 Index

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