Contrails Over The Mojave

Author: George Marrett
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
ISBN: 161251426X
Size: 25.72 MB
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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.

Into The Black

Author: Rowland White
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1501123629
Size: 79.28 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.

Blue Sky Metropolis

Author: Peter J. Westwick
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520289064
Size: 79.93 MB
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Blue Sky Metropolis from the Author: Peter J. Westwick. "Like citrus, oil, movies, radio, and television, aerospace helped create Southern California and embody its values. Blue Sky Metropolis launches an entirely fresh consideration of an iconic industry that answered the immemorial hunger of the human race for flight and the future."--Kevin Starr, University of Southern California "Blue Sky Metropolis presents an intriguing survey of a unique time in Southern California history, when cheap land and benign weather lured massive aerospace enterprises to the region—eventually serving as home to nearly half of the nation’s defense and space fabricators. Before there was a Silicon Valley, high-tech dreamers were on the loose in the Southland, creating inventions as diverse as the Voyager planetary spacecraft and the Stealth bomber. These highly readable essays help us understand how it happened—how Southern California shaped aerospace, and vice versa."—Charles Elachi, Director, Jet Propulsion Laboratory "Peter Westwick has assembled a rich collection of essays that tell a wonderful story about the importance of the aerospace industry to Southern California and the importance of Southern California to the aerospace industry. There's technology, sociology, economics, geography, anthropology, and much more woven through the chapters. It's an ambitious project, but it succeeds in being interesting, informative, and entertaining."—Michael Rich, President and CEO, The RAND Corporation

The United States Air Force

Author: John C. Fredriksen
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1598846825
Size: 63.22 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

Testing Death

Author: George J. Marrett
Publisher: Naval Inst Press
ISBN: 9781591145127
Size: 58.73 MB
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Testing Death from the Author: George J. Marrett. Pilot George Marrett brought his Vietnam combat experience to the private sector, testing the planes, radar, and weapons systems that helped win the Cold War.

Mojave Green

Author: The Brothers Washburn
Publisher: North Star Editions, Inc.
ISBN: 1939967872
Size: 41.15 MB
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Mojave Green from the Author: The Brothers Washburn. In this intriguing blend of classic mystery-solving and paranormal horror, teenagers Camm and Cal learn that the nightmares of their first adventure were only just the beginning. The children of Trona are still disappearing, and it may be too late to stop something even worse.

X 15 Diary

Author: Richard Tregaskis
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1504040023
Size: 39.13 MB
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X 15 Diary from the Author: Richard Tregaskis. The riveting true story of the world’s fastest plane and the first manned flights into outer space. First tested in 1959, the X-15 rocket plane was at the forefront of the space race. Developed by the US Air Force and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in collaboration with North American Aviation, the X-15 was sleek, black, and powerful—a missile with stubby wings and a cockpit on the nose. By 1961 it could reach speeds over three thousand miles per hour and fly at an altitude of thirty-one miles above the earth’s surface—the lower reaches of outer space. Acclaimed journalist and bestselling author Richard Tregaskis tells the story of the X-15’s development through the eyes of the brave pilots and brilliant engineers who made it possible. From technological breakthroughs to disastrous onboard explosions to the bone-crushing effects of intense g-force levels, Tregaskis captures all the drama and excitement of this crucial proving ground for the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions. X-15 Diary recounts a thrilling chapter in the history of the American space program and serves as a fitting tribute to the courageous scientists and adventurers who dared to go where no man had gone before. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Richard Tregaskis including rare images from the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming.

In Der Geisterstunde Und Andere Spukgeschichten

Author: Paul Heyse
Publisher: Null Papier Verlag
ISBN: 3962811648
Size: 22.73 MB
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In Der Geisterstunde Und Andere Spukgeschichten from the Author: Paul Heyse. *** Neue Deutsche Rechtschreibung *** Paul Johann Ludwig von Heyse (15.03.1830–02.04.1914) war ein deutscher Schriftsteller, Dramatiker und Übersetzer. Neben vielen Gedichten schuf er rund 180 Novellen, acht Romane und 68 Dramen. Heyse ist bekannt für die „Breite seiner Produktion“. Der einflussreiche Münchner „Dichterfürst“ unterhielt zahlreiche – nicht nur literarische – Freundschaften und war auch als Gastgeber über die Grenzen seiner Münchner Heimat hinaus berühmt. 1890 glaubte Theodor Fontane, dass Heyse seiner Ära den Namen „geben würde und ein Heysesches Zeitalter“ dem Goethes folgen würde. Als erster deutscher Belletristikautor erhielt Heyse 1910 den Nobelpreis für Literatur. Wieder ward eine kleine Stille in der Runde. Dann sagte das Fräulein ruhig: Eine nachdenkliche Geschichte, von der ich jedes Wort glaube. Denn von den Wirkungen der Seelen auf einander ohne die Vermittlung sinnlicher Zwischenträger haben wir ja heute Abend schon genug unwidersprechliche Beweise gehört. Und so sollen Sie ohne Pfand sich gelöst haben, obwohl es keine eigentliche Gespenstergeschichte ist, keine solche, die unglaublich ist und uns doch gruseln macht. Jetzt ist die Reihe an dem Herrn Obersten. Ich fürchte nur, der wird uns auch im Stich lassen. Denn so viel ich weiß, haben die Gespenster einen heiligen Respekt vor Leuten, die Waffen tragen und schon aus Beruf Courage haben müssen. Null Papier Verlag