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Aviation Records In The Jet Age

By William A. Flanagan, Lt. Col., U.S. Air Force (ret.)
RELATED TOPICS: BOOK | AIRCRAFT
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Comments: Hardcover, 192 pages, 47 color and 228 black-and-white photos

ISBN:
978-1-58007-230-2

Price:
$39.95

Publisher:
Specialty Press


From the publisher:
Since aviation’s early years, pilots, designers, and manufacturers have sought to break world records for notoriety or technical advancement, captivating the general public. This book tells of famous record-breaking flights throughout history, with special focus on the exciting time following World War II, when new speed, altitude, and endurance records were broken on an almost-routine basis. Supplementing these stories are detailed explanations of the technological innovations that made those record-breaking aircraft possible.

From swept wings to afterburning turbojet engines and “Coke-bottle” fuselages to high-altitude pressure suits, aviation progress has always been measured with breakthrough advances in the technology of flight. This book, written by a former crewmember of the triple-sonic SR-71 Blackbird, takes you through the annals of aviation history with spellbinding stories of world-record flights and explanations of how advanced technology played a pivotal role in making these records happen.

Illustrated with archival photographs and technical illustrations, this book explains in detailed but easy-to-understand terms how specific advances in aircraft design, such as power plants, aerodynamics, flight-control systems, instrumentation, and life-support systems, led to ever-improved record-breaking aircraft. The appendix serves as a handy reference guide that documents world speed, altitude, and distance records as well as the legendary aircraft and the pilots who flew them.


FSM says:
It’s all here: aviation highlights from the Wright Flyer to the Northrop Grumman Global Hawk. Don’t belly up to any bets without having this coffee-table book handy.

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