Contrails Over The Mojave

Author: George Marrett
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
ISBN: 161251426X
Size: 31.12 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.

Testing Death

Author: George J. Marrett
Publisher: Naval Inst Press
ISBN: 9781591145127
Size: 20.39 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.

Into The Black

Author: Rowland White
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1501123629
Size: 80.10 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: 14.34 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: 45.77 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

Edwards Air Force Base

Author: Ted Huetter
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 9780738580777
Size: 23.43 MB
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Edwards Air Force Base from the Author: Ted Huetter. Known for more "first flights" and record flights than any other place, Edwards Air Force Base is legendary. Centered around an ancient dry lakebed in the Mojave Desert 90 miles north of Los Angeles, activity at Edwards has sharpened the cutting edge of aviation and aerospace since the 1940s. The complex is a strategic flight test, research, and development center for the U.S. Air Force, NASA, and civilian contractors. Since the 1950s, almost every U.S. military aircraft has been partially tested here. The skies above Edwards have been the scene of remarkable achievements, including Chuck Yeager's world-famous breaking of the sound barrier in 1947. The base was first established near the small town of Muroc in 1933 and became renowned for its giant runways painted onto the flat, dry lakebed. Speed and altitude records were commonplace at Edwards during the 1950s. Suborbital space flights began there in the 1960s. In the 1970s it was the primary testing site for the space shuttle program. Dramatic aerospace research continues today at Edwards, America's proving ground for the future of high tech aviation.

Howard Hughes

Author: George J. Marrett
Publisher: Naval Inst Press
Size: 52.87 MB
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Howard Hughes from the Author: George J. Marrett. A test pilot for Howard Hughes separates fact from fiction to tell an insider's 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 tested forty different military aircraft, and he draws on his personal experiences and those of other 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 an expert in the field of aviation, the author integrates stories of Hughes the ace pilot with Hughes the designer, who insisted on test flying every plane he built, and Hughes the businessman, who became America's first billionaire. Through revealing, humorous, and sometimes tragic stories, Marrett succeeds in providing a full picture of the elusive Hughes despite his insistence on working in secrecy. The author recounts the scores of aircraft Hughes purchased, borrowed, sometimes flew, and then stored all over the country, and he provides details of the top-secret airfield that Hughes owned at Culver City, just a few miles from the Los Angeles airport. Offering a narrative as exciting as its subject, Marrett 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, follows into the post-World War II era and the invention of airborne radar at the Hughes Aircraft Company, and then moves into the 1960s and 70s at the Culver City airport where Marrett tested weapon systems that are still in use by the U.S. military.

The Smell Of Kerosene

Author: Donald L. Mallick
Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
ISBN: 9781492945130
Size: 69.11 MB
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The Smell Of Kerosene from the Author: Donald L. Mallick. The Smell of Kerosene tells the dramatic story of a NASA research pilot who logged over 11,000 flight hours in more than 125 types of aircraft. Donald Mallick gives the reader fascinating firsthand descriptions of his early naval flight training, carrier operations, and his research flying career with NASA and its predecessor agency, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA).

Flying The Line

Author: George E. Hopkins
Publisher: Air Line Pilots Association
ISBN: 9780960970810
Size: 33.20 MB
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Flying The Line from the Author: George E. Hopkins.