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Contrails Over The Mojave

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Author: George Marrett
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
ISBN: 161251426X
Size: 24.27 MB
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Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 272
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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

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Author: John C. Fredriksen
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1598846825
Size: 70.33 MB
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Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 351
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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

Air Space Smithsonian

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Category : Aeronautics
Languages : en
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The Publishers Weekly

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Category : American literature
Languages : en
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The Journal Of Military History

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Category : United States
Languages : en
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California Desert Conservation Area Plan Amendments For The Northern And Eastern Mojave Planning Area

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Languages : en
Pages : 4
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Choice

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Category : Academic libraries
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Aviation News

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Category : Aeronautics
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Flypast

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Category : Aeronautics
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Men Of The Contrail Country

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Author: Ed Mack Miller
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Size: 37.13 MB
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Category : Air pilots
Languages : en
Pages : 244
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Air Force Magazine

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Flight Research At Nasa Langley Research Center

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Author: Mark A. Chambers
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 9780738544373
Size: 56.59 MB
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Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 127
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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.

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