By Sam Howe Verhovek
The appealing tale of the titans, engineers, and pilots who raced to layout a secure and profitable passenger jet.
In Jet Age, journalist Sam Howe Verhovek explores the arrival of the 1st new release of jet airliners and the folks who designed, outfitted, and flew them. the trail to jet trip used to be triumphal and amazingly rapid-less than fifty years after the Wright Brothers' first flight at Kitty Hawk, nice Britain led the realm with the 1st advertisement jet aircraft carrier. but the pioneering British Comet used to be cursed with a sad, mysterious flaw, and an upstart Seattle corporation positioned a brand new competitor within the sky: the Boeing 707 Jet Stratoliner. Jet Age vividly recreates the race among international locations, worldwide airways, and rival groups of fantastic engineers for bragging rights to the 1st jet carrier around the Atlantic Ocean in 1958.
on the heart of this tale are nice minds and brave souls, together with Sir Geoffrey de Havilland, who spearheaded the improvement of the Comet, at the same time of his sons misplaced their lives flying prior types of his plane; Sir Arnold corridor, the bright British aerodynamicist tasked with uncovering the Comet's deadly flaw; invoice Allen, Boeing's deceptively mild-mannered president; and Alvin "Tex" Johnston, Boeing's swashbuckling yet supremely expert attempt pilot. the intense airplanes themselves turn out to be characters within the drama. because the Comet and the Boeing 707 pass head-to-head, flying two times as quickly and excessive because the propeller planes that preceded them, the e-book captures the electrifying spirit of an period: the Jet Age.
within the spirit of Stephen Ambrose's Nothing love it within the World, Verhovek's Jet Age deals a stunning rendering of a thrilling age and interesting expertise that completely replaced our perception of distance and time, of a triumph of engineering and layout, and of a firm that took a big gamble and won.