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Overview

"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.

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Test Pilots is an accurate, insightful, broad survey of flight testing from medieval tower jumpers to astronauts that focuses on the test pilot as vital link between designers, the hardware they produce, and a flying public. . . . As a survey of a largely unexplored subject, [the book] is a decidedly successful contribution to the burgeoning field of aerospace history. (Isis)

As a concise history, [Test Pilots] is first rate. . . . The story is detailed enough for technical readers and historians, but it moves quickly. . . . (Air Force)

This well-crafted, thoroughly researched work conveys a sense of the excitement, danger, and technical accomplishment felt by aircraft test pilots from Daedalus to Icarus to the Wright brothers and today's astronauts. (Sea Power)

Like The Right Stuff, Test Pilots belongs on every pilot's bookshelf (Steven L. Thompson Aircraft Owners And Pilots Association Magazine)

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Test Pilots is an accurate, insightful, broad survey of flight testing from medieval tower jumpers to astronauts that focuses on the test pilot as vital link between designers, the hardware they produce, and a flying public. . . . As a survey of a largely unexplored subject, [the book] is a decidedly successful contribution to the burgeoning field of aerospace history.
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This well-crafted, thoroughly researched work conveys a sense of the excitement, danger, and technical accomplishment felt by aircraft test pilots from Daedalus to Icarus to the Wright brothers and today's astronauts.
Air Force Magazine
As a concise history, [Test Pilots] is first rate. . . . The story is detailed enough for technical readers and historians, but it moves quickly. . . .
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Magazine
Like The Right Stuff, Test Pilots belongs on every pilot's bookshelf
— Steven L. Thompson
Booknews
This revised edition of the 1981 original now includes the Challenger and Voyager missions. A fascinating recounting of the development of modern aircraft and the test pilots who flew them. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874745498
  • Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press
  • Publication date: 5/17/1988
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 347
  • Product dimensions: 5.87 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard P. Hallion, Air Force Historian, directs the worldwide Air Force historical and museum programs. An internationally recognized aerospace historian, he has written or edited thirteen other books.

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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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