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The Resource Flying the edge : the making of Navy test pilots, George C. Wilson

Flying the edge : the making of Navy test pilots, George C. Wilson

Label
Flying the edge : the making of Navy test pilots
Title
Flying the edge
Title remainder
the making of Navy test pilots
Statement of responsibility
George C. Wilson
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Flying the Edge is Washington Post correspondent George C. Wilson's dramatic firsthand account of a year spent "inching into the unknown" with the 100th test-pilot class at the Naval Air Test Center in Patuxent River, Maryland. Based on hours of test flights in a variety of aircraft and interviews with scores of naval and civilian test pilots and engineers at Pax River, it provides a very personal inside look at the challenges and dangers facing naval test pilots in the
  • 1990s. In the same anecdotal, no-holds-barred style used in Supercarrier, Wilson's best-selling account of his seven-month tour in the USS John F. Kennedy, the author presents an action-packed story of naval test piloting from "Spuds" Ellyson's first flight in a Curtiss biplane in 1911 right up to the 1991 acceptance tests of the new T-45 training aircraft. In their own gripping words, the participants - famous, infamous, and unknown - describe the exhilarating
  • breakthroughs, the nerve-racking tedium, and the tragic, often controversial, mishaps. Included is a full account of the S-3 Viking accident that occurred on 29 April 1992, with suggestions for improving Pax River's emergency-response system. Wilson takes readers along with him as he somersaults over the Chesapeake Bay with "Spin-master Gallagher" in a Navy T-2 jet trainer; dogfights with an F/A-18 Hornet; and learns how to land a helicopter with dead engines. In
  • addition, he airs the test pilots' complaints about risking their lives to discover flaws in aircraft only to have their warnings ignored, and he suggests ways to reform the system. An up-to-date analysis of the Tailhook incident in the final chapter includes material from Wilson's interview with Lt. Paula Coughlin, aide to the Commander of the Naval Air Test Center. Combining the gut-wrenching immediacy of cockpit commentary with the wise analysis of a seasoned defense
  • writer, Flying the Edge will appeal to anyone interested in aviation, especially those who have always wondered what it's like to "push the envelope" in frontline and experimental aircraft
Cataloging source
DLC
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1919-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Wilson, George C.
Government publication
federal national government publication
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • United States Naval Test Pilot School
  • Test pilots
Label
Flying the edge : the making of Navy test pilots, George C. Wilson
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm26353354
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
271 pages, 40 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781557509253
Lccn
92028515
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)26353354
  • (Sirsi) a363190
Label
Flying the edge : the making of Navy test pilots, George C. Wilson
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm26353354
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
271 pages, 40 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781557509253
Lccn
92028515
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)26353354
  • (Sirsi) a363190

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