Contrails Over The Mojave

Author: George Marrett
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
ISBN: 161251426X
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Contrails Over The Mojave from the Author: George Marrett. In Contrails over the Mojave George Marrett takes off where Tom Wolfe’s The Right Stuff ended in 1963. Marrett started the Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards AFB only two weeks after the school’s commander, Col. Chuck Yeager, ejected from a Lockheed NF-104 trying to set a world altitude record. He describes life as a space cadet experiencing 15 Gs in a human centrifuge, zero-G maneuvers in a KC-135 “Vomit Comet,” and a flight to 80,000 feet in the F-104A Starfighter. After graduating from Yeager’s “Charm School,” he was assigned to the Fighter Branch of Flight Test Operations, where he flew the latest fighter aircraft and chased other test aircraft as they set world speed and altitude records. Marrett takes readers into the cockpit as he “goes vertical” in a T-38 Talon, completes high-G maneuvers in an F-4C Phantom, and conducts wet-runway landing tests in the accident-prone F-111A Aardvark. He writes about Col. “Silver Fox” Stephens setting a world speed record in the YF-12 Blackbird and Bob Gilliland testing speed stalls in the SR-71 spy plane, but he also relives stories of crashes that killed test pilot friends. He recounts dead-sticking a T-38 to a landing on Rogers Dry Lake after a twin-engine failure and conducting dangerous tail hook barrier testing in a fighter jet without a canopy. A mysterious UFO sighting in the night sky above the Mojave Desert, known as “The Edwards Encounter,” also receives Marrett’s attention. Whether the author is assessing a new aircraft’s performance or describing the experiences of test pilots as they routinely faced the possibility of death, this look at the golden age of flight testing both thrills and informs.

The United States Air Force

Author: John C. Fredriksen
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1598846825
Size: 61.10 MB
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The United States Air Force from the Author: John C. Fredriksen. Understand the growth and evolution of American air power with this overview of the history of the world's most successful aviation force. * Comprehensive, daily coverage of relevant wartime and peacetime events as they affected the U.S. Air Force as an institution and fighting machine * Illustrations of important aircraft, personalities, and historical events * Over 20 sidebars affording greater detail and context on notable events and people * A 5,000-word bibliography of the latest scholarship on U.S. Air Force history, organization, leadership, and equipment

Into The Black

Author: Rowland White
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1501123629
Size: 23.16 MB
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Into The Black from the Author: Rowland White. "Using interviews, NASA oral histories, and recently declassified material, [this book] reveals the dramatic untold story of the first space shuttle and the dedicated people who brought the United States into the next stage of space exploration"--Dust jacket flap.

The Other Side Of The Mic

Author: Cecil Miller
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1524529672
Size: 39.20 MB
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The Other Side Of The Mic from the Author: Cecil Miller. The Other Side of the Mic is about a pilot and controller, mainly from the controller’s perspective. It covers 1900 to 2050 and includes the struggles of the Wright brothers, airplane manufacturers, airplanes, early airmail service, war heroes, test pilots, airlines, pilots, and air traffic control. The book also includes my experiences as an air traffic controller at Edwards AFB (EDW), California, during the jet age in the 1950s and my fifty-eight years in ATC or supporting ATC. The book includes a story about George Welch. He was stationed at Pearl Harbor in 1941 when it was attacked. It’s also about how rapidly the airplanes improved during WWII and how Cpt. Yeager was the first man to break the sound barrier. I write about my thirty years with the FAA and take you behind the scenes and the improved procedures and equipment. I give a little background for the nonpilot, or passengers, on a commercial flight. I communicate how the pilot and the controller work together for a successful flight. The last chapter is about after my retirement, and I share my vision of the future of aviation. Each decade includes some fun facts, a snapshot of that point in history. I hope you enjoy them. I did.

Howard Hughes

Author: George Marrett
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
ISBN: 1682470377
Size: 38.64 MB
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Howard Hughes from the Author: George Marrett. A test pilot for Howard Hughes separates fact from fiction to tell the inside story of the aviation genius who set speed records in the 1930s and went on to develop some of America’s most famous aircraft and weapons. George Marrett draws on his wealth of experiences and those of other Hughes confidants to take readers inside Hughes’s complex world—a world that has kept its secrets for nearly six decades. Both a gifted storyteller and a top-notch aviator himself, having tested forty types of military aircraft and logged eight thousand hours in the air, the author integrates stories of Hughes the ace pilot with Hughes the designer and businessman who became America’s first billionaire. Through revealing, humorous, and sometimes tragic stories, Marrett provides a full picture of the elusive Hughes despite his obsession with working in secrecy. The author tells of Hughes’s insistence on personally test-flying every plane he built and of the scores of aircraft Hughes purchased, borrowed, flew, and then stored all over the country. The author also reveals details of the top-secret airfield that Hughes owned in Culver City just a few miles from the Los Angeles airport. Marrett’s narrative, as intriguing as its subject, begins in the 1920s, when Hughes learned to fly at the Santa Monica airport, continues into the 1940s, with his famous flight of the Spruce Goose, and follows into the post-World War II era and the invention of airborne radar at Hughes Aircraft Company. Marrett then moves into the 1950s at the Culver City airport where he later tested weapon systems that are still in use by the U.S. military. With the publication of this book, Marrett helps set the record straight about Hughes the aviator and the contributions he made to the development of aviation.

The Smell Of Kerosene

Author: Donald L. Mallick
Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
ISBN: 9781481990172
Size: 44.47 MB
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The Smell Of Kerosene from the Author: Donald L. Mallick. The author gives the reader fascinating firsthand descriptions of his early naval flight training, carrier operations, and his research flying carrer with NASA and its predecessor agency, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA).

Flight Research At Nasa Langley Research Center

Author: Mark A. Chambers
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 9780738544373
Size: 46.77 MB
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Flight Research At Nasa Langley Research Center from the Author: Mark A. Chambers. Following the creation of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics in 1915, a unique flight research operations division was established at the nation's first civilian aeronautics research laboratory, the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory. Langley flight research personnel helped the nation's aircraft industry bloom during the Golden Era of aviation throughout the 1920s and 1930s. Langley's flight research then helped win World War II with performance-enhancing modifications to new aircraft. During the cold war, Langley helped the country maintain an edge in aeronautics over its Warsaw Pact rivals. When the space race began, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was created in 1958 and Langley's pilots were instrumental in training astronauts. In addition to advancing rotorcraft during the 1960s and 1970s, Langley research pioneered a multitude of military and civil Vertical Short Takeoff and Landing (V/STOL) concepts. During the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, Langley research developed advancements in general and commercial aviation technologies.

A Field Guide To The Atmosphere

Author: Vincent J. Schaefer
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780395976319
Size: 66.44 MB
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A Field Guide To The Atmosphere from the Author: Vincent J. Schaefer. Photographs show phenomena of the atmosphere, describing types of atmospheric particles, rainbows, clouds, and precipitation.

Advanced Vehicle Technology

Author: Heinz Heisler
Publisher: Elsevier
ISBN: 0080493440
Size: 74.78 MB
Format: PDF
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Advanced Vehicle Technology from the Author: Heinz Heisler. This eagerly awaited second edition of Heinz Heisler's Advanced Vehicle Technology is a comprehensive and thorough description of vehice bodies and components. The second edition has been rigorously updated to provide additional material on subjects such as antilock braking, vehicle aerodynamics, tire tread design advances, electronically controlled anti-vibration engine mountings and transport refrigeration. Around 100 new diagrams have been included to complement the text. Advanced Vehicle Technology 2nd edition's depth of coverage, detailed illustrations and fluent and precise style are the outstanding features in this high quality student text. More quality artwork has been added to enhance and add value to the explanation given in the text. 16 key topics have been updated to bring this 2nd edition in line with current technology. Fully international in scope, reflecting the nature of contemporary vehicle engineering.