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

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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.
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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

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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.
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Wave-Off!

A History of LSOs and Ship-Board Landings

Author: Robert "Boom" Powell

Publisher: Specialty Press

ISBN: 1580072356

Category: History

Page: 192

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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}
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A Brief History of Mechanical Engineering

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

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319429167

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 178

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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.
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The World After the War

America Confronts the British Superpower, 1945–1957

Author: Derek Leebaert

Publisher: Oneworld Publications

ISBN: 1786070979

Category: History

Page: 384

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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.
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Pushing the Envelope

Airplanes of the Jet Age

Author: Harold Rabinowitz

Publisher: Metro Books

ISBN: 9781567995961

Category: History

Page: 160

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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.
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