Deadly Turbulence: The Air Safety Lessons of Braniff Flight 250 and Other Airliners, 1959-1966

Deadly Turbulence: The Air Safety Lessons of Braniff Flight 250 and Other Airliners, 1959-1966

by Steve Pollock


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786474332
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 03/13/2014
Pages: 236
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Retired public school educator Steve Pollock fell in love with airliners at the age of five during a fateful encounter with a brand-new Pan Am 747. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface 1

Prologue 5

Part I "I don't sleep well nights"

1 The Day the Movies Almost Died: Pan American World Airways Flight 115 9

2 Melting Into a Threatening Sky: Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 705 19

3 "Unusual conditions and circumstances": The Investigation of Northwest Orient Flight 705 28

4 "A turbulence problem"? Persistent Questions 44

5 "It broke the sound barrier at least once": United Airlines Flight 746 47

6 "The Nation's Most Progressive Airline": Eastern Air Lines 52

7 A Strange, Weird Thing: Eastern Air Lines Flight 301 59

8 Disappeared into the Overcast: Eastern Air Lines Flight 304 64

9 Extraordinary Lives: Grant Newby, Marie-Héléne Lefaucheux and Kenneth Lee Spencer 69

10 "Extreme disintegration of the aircraft structure": The Investigation of Eastern Air Lines Flight 304 82

Part II Falls City

11 Dusting Off a Dusty Little Airline: Braniff International Airways 99

12 Airstrip: "The End of the Plain Plane" 107

13 Fastback Jet: The BAC One-11 113

14 Happy Birthday! Bill Schock and That Night in August 124

15 Milk Run: Braniff International Flight 250 128

16 "One big, terrible nightmare": Flight 250 and Falls City 134

17 "Ease power back": The Investigation of Braniff Flight 250 160

18 Mr. Tornado: Dr. Ted Fujita and the Squall Line of August 6-7, 1966 169

19 Knocked from the Sky: A High-Intensity Force 179

Part III Postscript

20 New Normals: The "Before" and "After" Times 187

Notes 195

Bibliography 203

Index 213

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