Aviation Records in the Jet Age

The Planes and Technologies Behind the Breakthroughs

Author: William A. Flanagan

Publisher: Specialty Press

ISBN: 1580072305

Category: History

Page: 192

View: 6972

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.

World's Fastest Single-Engine Jet Aircraft

The Story of Convair's F-106 Delta Dart Interceptor

Author: Col. Doug Barbier

Publisher: Specialty Press

ISBN: 1580072372

Category: History

Page: 240

View: 1425

Developed for the Air Force in the early 1950s as a next-generation interceptor following Convair's pioneering delta-wing F-102, the F-106 excelled in every aspect of the Air Defense Command mission. With its advanced Hughes radar system, Falcon air-to-air missiles, and a top speed in excess of Mach 2, the Delta Dart became known as "the ultimate interceptor," able to scramble, launch, find its targets, and blow them out of the sky. The 'Dart was also the lightest-weight aircraft ever powered by a Pratt & Whitney J75 turbojet. This book provides an insightful and in-depth look at the sixth member of the Air Force "Century Series" family of supersonic fighters. From initial concept through early flight test and development and into operational service, every facet of the F-106's career is examined and explained in comprehensive, yet easy-to-read text. All USAF Air Defense Command units that operated F-106s are covered, and aircraft markings and color schemes are included as well. The Convair F-106 remains to this day as one of the most successful military aircraft ever built. This book now gives the reader a thorough and meticulous reference source on the F-106 using excellent photographs and technical illustrations to tell the story of this history-making aircraft, while also providing valuable detailed information for modelers and historians.


A History of LSOs and Ship-Board Landings

Author: Robert "Boom" Powell

Publisher: Specialty Press

ISBN: 1580072356

Category: History

Page: 192

View: 5729

From the beginning, landing airplanes on ships at sea has been considered the ultimate challenge in aviation. The success of generations of aircraft carrier operations would never have been possible without the Landing Signal Officer, or LSO. A full history of the LSO has never been published before now. The major changes brought about by visual landing aids and angled decks are nothing less than revolutionary, and these features are explained by a seasoned Naval Aviator who flew attack jets from carriers. This book tells the story of LSOs from the first carrier operations in 1922 through World War II, the early jet era, Korea, Vietnam, and up to today's nuclear-powered leviathans. Also explained are naval aircraft and equipment development through the years; it covers both the faster and heavier aircraft and the changes in shipboard flight-deck systems. Diagrams showing the evolution of aircraft carrier deck design from World War I to the present are also included. Historical fact and detailed information is interspersed with colorful anecdotes that add the feeling of being on the fantail of a carrier as jets scream past at 200 mph and land right next to you. There's a good reason the LSO platform is called "the best seat in the house." From primitive biplanes to the latest supersonic jets, aircraft could not have been brought aboard ship without the Landing Signal Officer. This book explains the exciting world of the LSO. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Arial}

A Brief History of Mechanical Engineering

Author: Uday Shanker Dixit,Manjuri Hazarika,J. Paulo Davim

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319429167

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 178

View: 7806

What is mechanical engineering? What a mechanical engineering does? How did the mechanical engineering change through ages? What is the future of mechanical engineering? This book answers these questions in a lucid manner. It also provides a brief chronological history of landmark events and answers questions such as: When was steam engine invented? Where was first CNC machine developed? When did the era of additive manufacturing start? When did the marriage of mechanical and electronics give birth to discipline of mechatronics? This book informs and create interest on mechanical engineering in the general public and particular in students. It also helps to sensitize the engineering fraternity about the historical aspects of engineering. At the same time, it provides a common sense knowledge of mechanical engineering in a handy manner.

The World After the War

America Confronts the British Superpower, 1945–1957

Author: Derek Leebaert

Publisher: Oneworld Publications

ISBN: 1786070979

Category: History

Page: 384

View: 4216

It’s a story we thought we knew. The Second World War ended and the United States succeeded Britain as leader of the free world. But the reality is the British Empire did not simply relinquish power and neither was America eager to take up the mantle of global affairs. Instead the two allies improvised an uneasy, shifting partnership for twelve long years while most of western Europe lay in turmoil and Russia grew increasingly bellicose. Then, in 1956, things changed. Derek Leebaert spins a riveting global narrative of secret ties, diplomatic quarrels and military interventions, casting political giants Churchill, Truman, Eisenhower and Johnson in a new light. In a volatile world of decolonization, Zionism, proxy wars and the Suez Crisis, we witness the development of the ‘special relationship’, rising tensions with Russia and China, and – ultimately – the shaping of the modern world order. What emerges is an eerily familiar story of an overstretched global empire meeting a rising power as it gains in confidence and might.

Astronautics: Dawn of the space age

Author: Ted Spitzmiller

Publisher: Collectors Guide Pub


Category: Science

Page: 232

View: 7985

Chronicling the history of space rocketry, this resource details the discoveries and engineering innovations that have occurred—in both the United States and the former Soviet Union—from World War II to the early 1970s. From European war missiles to multibillion dollar spacecraft that orbit the earth today, this sourcebook covers the evolution of rocketry in great detail and discusses the impact rocket science has had on other areas of humanity. Filled with fascinating facts from history without technical jargon and specialized language, this reference will interest both space enthusiasts and general readers alike.

Congressional Record

Proceedings and Debates of the ... Congress

Author: United States. Congress

Publisher: N.A


Category: Law

Page: N.A

View: 1408

Pushing the Envelope

Airplanes of the Jet Age

Author: Harold Rabinowitz

Publisher: Metro Books

ISBN: 9781567995961

Category: History

Page: 160

View: 5408

Written by experienced aviation historian Harold Rabinowitz and illustrated with stunning black-and-white and full-color photographs, Pushing the Envelope documents the dramatic rise of jet-powered airplanes and points the way to jets of the future.


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Aerospace industries

Page: N.A

View: 8631

Der Vogelflug als Grundlage der Fliegekunst

Author: Otto Lilienthal

Publisher: mach-mir-ein-ebook.de

ISBN: 3944309111

Category: Science

Page: 216

View: 5352

„Wie ein Vogel zu fliegen“, das war der Traum von Otto Lilienthal und seines Bruders Georg. Nachdem die beiden Brüder jahrelang die physikalischen Grundlagen des Vogelfluges erforschten, veröffentlichte Lilienthal am 5. Dezember 1889 dieses Buch, das hier erstmals als E-Book erscheint. Auch wenn das zeitgenössische Interesse an diesem Buch eher gering war, da die breite Öffentlichkeit die Luftfahrt nach dem Prinzip „leichter als Luft“, die Weiterentwicklung des Ballons zum Luftschiff, favorisierte, stellt es dennoch die wichtigste flugtechnische Veröffentlichung des 19. Jahrhunderts dar. Die charakteristische Flügelform der Vögel war auch anderen Flugtechnikern nicht entgangen, doch die Gebrüder Lilienthal haben sie erstmals mit exakten Messungen verbunden und publiziert. Der heutige Reiz dieses Buch liegt weniger darin, ein modernes Lehrbuch der Aerodynamik zu ersetzen, sondern sich darin in die Frühzeit der Luftfahrt zu begeben. Otto Lilienthal betont in seinem Vorwort, dass das Buch für alle geschrieben wurde, die die Grundlagen des Vogelfluges und damit der Fliegerei kennenlernen wollen. Das Buch kommt mit sehr wenigen mathematischen Formeln aus und beschreibt detailliert die Experimente der beiden Brüder und ihre daraus gezogenen Schlussfolgerungen. Es enthält 80 Illustrationen zu ihren Experimenten und Gedankengängen. Dieses Buch ist für alle an der Geschichte der Luftfahrttechnik Interessierten eine äußerst spannende Lektüre, auch wenn sich Lilienthal in einigen Punkten über die Zukunft der Luftfahrt geirrt hat, wie das folgende Zitat aus dem Buch zeigt: „Die verschiedenartige Ausführung unserer Versuchskörper überzeugte uns, dass die Metalle überhaupt zum Flügelbau nicht zu gebrauchen sind, und dass die Zukunftsflügel wahrscheinlich aus Weidenruten mit leichter Stoffbespannung bestehen werden.“

Aviation Week and Space Technology

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Aeronautics

Page: N.A

View: 5782

Includes a mid-December issue called Buyer guide edition.

Cold war at 30,000 feet

Anglo-American technology controls, aircraft sales, and trading with the enemy at the dawn of the jet age

Author: Jeffrey A. Engel

Publisher: N.A



Page: 576

View: 6147


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Aeronautics

Page: N.A

View: 753

Harper's Magazine

Author: Lee Foster Hartman,Frederick Lewis Allen

Publisher: N.A


Category: American literature

Page: N.A

View: 1241

Important American periodical dating back to 1850.


100 Years of Aviation

Author: R. G. Grant

Publisher: Dk Pub

ISBN: 9780789489104

Category: Transportation

Page: 440

View: 2088

Presents a history of aviation, from the earliest medieval experiments to the accomplishments of the space shuttle.

Skyways for Business

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Aeronautics

Page: N.A

View: 3610

Skystreak, Skyrocket, & Stiletto

Douglas High-speed X-planes

Author: Scott Libis

Publisher: Specialty PressPub & Wholesalers

ISBN: 9781580070843

Category: History

Page: 144

View: 1182

- Provides complete coverage of the little-known Douglas X-Planes. - Includes details of the first Mach 2 aircraft (D-558-2) and the first-ever Mach 2 flight. - Covers the ill-fared X-3 Stiletto program.