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Aviation Records in the Jet Age: The Planes and Technologies Behind the Breakthroughs

William Flanagan

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ISBN 10: 1580072305 / ISBN 13: 9781580072304
Published by Specialty Press, 2017
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Title: Aviation Records in the Jet Age: The Planes ...

Publisher: Specialty Press

Publication Date: 2017

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

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Since aviation's early years, pilots, designers, and manufacturers have sought to break world records for notoriety or technical advancement, which captivated the public. This book tells of famous record-breaking flights throughout history, focusing 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 triplesonic 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 excellent archival photographs and technical illustrations, this book explains in detailed, but easy-to-understand, terms how specific advances in aircraft design such as powerplants, 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 pilots who flew them.

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"This book hits full stride and never lets up."--Philip Handleman"Aviation History" (10/12/2017)

"I really appreciated William A. Flanagan's book and his ability to weave in aviation technological developments into the record breaking achievements. What really makes this book a good, easy read is the detail that he is able to provide both from a technical standpoint and the clarity that he presents this information so that it is easy to comprehend."-- (04/23/2017)

"Specialty Press has produced an entertaining and informative popular history. Make it your introduction to the fascinating field of aerospace records."-- (08/14/2017)

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